Michel Platini is the second greatest goal scorer (next to Thierry Henry) in the history of Les Bleus, France’s national football team. Platini netted 41 goals, with a higher scoring average than Henry, and considered as one of the most prominent figures in international football of all time. The football icon has served as a successful offensive midfielder, captain, and manager of the French team. He then became the president of the UEFA, ended in scandalous forms and cracked his great reputation.

Basic facts

Country: France

Birth: 1955

Position: Forward

Clubs

Nancy (1972–1979)

Saint-Étienne (1979–1982)

Juventus (1982–1987)

Stats

National team: 72 matches, 41 goals

Club football: 432 matches, 224 goals

The rise to fame of a superstar

Born in a family of Italian immigrants on June 21st, 1955 in Joeuf, north-eastern France, the talented and ambitious Michel had aspired to become a professional football player from an early age.

In 1972, while still in his teens, Michel joined the reserve team of the French football club AS Nancy where his father Aldo Platini was the director. One year later, he made his first division debut with AS Nancy, in the Lorraine region, scored a total of 17 goals for the club and led them to the 1978 French Cup Championship. The following year, he joined the leading French club Saint-Etienne and diligently played to propel his new team to the Ligue 1 title in 1981.

A french attacking midfielder in his country of ancestry

After three years playing with Saint-Etienne, Platini transferred to the reigning Italian football club Juventus in 1982, emerging as an international football superstar and captaining his club to the European Cup final, the Intercontinental Cup, and the European Cup championships in 1983, 1983, and 1985, respectively. During his 5-year with Juventus (1982-1985), he scored a record 68 goals in 147 games for his team, out of a total of 224 league goals, making him become the top scorer of the Serie A on three different occasions. In 1984, he reached the culminating point in his outstanding football career, as Juventus captured the 1984 UEFA Super Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as the league championship.