A french attacking midfielder in his home country
After three years playing with Saint-Etienne, Michel Platini transferred to Italian football club Juventus in 1982, emerging as an international football superstar and captaining his team to the 1983 Intercontinental Cup, the 1983 European Cup final, and the 1985 European Cup championships. During his tenure with Juventus (1982-1985), Platini scored a record 68 goals in 147 league games for them, out of a total of 224 league goals, which helps him become the top scorer of the Serie A on three different occasions. In 1984 when Juventus captured the UEFA Super Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup and the league championship, he reached the culminating point in his outstanding playmaker career.
International success – the football king is crowned
Widely recognized for his impeccable technique, great mind, remarkable passing ability and ball control, tremendous creativity, awe-inspiring vision, and leadership capability as well, the midfield maestro and captain of Juventus earned the nickname the Football King (“Le Roi”) and continued to dominate international football in the 1980s.
Michel Platini made his debut with his home country’s national football team and scored his first goal with a signature direct free kick. He brilliantly led his team to a fourth-place finish at the 1982 FIFA World Cup by a glorious free kick in a match against Holland and to a third-place finish at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He struck his very first World Cup goal against Argentina, the team then won the championship.
Thanks to his unrivaled capacity for taking both free kicks and penalty kicks, Platini is regarded to be one of the greatest passers in the history of football. At Euro 1984, he scored a record of 9 goals in 5 matches, including 2 hat-tricks, becoming the 1984 UEFA top football and giving his national team its first-ever international trophy.
Three years later, Michel Platini retired when aged 32, in full glory and with “no regrets”, in spite of the fact that a FIFA World Cup trophy has never found a place in his impressive haul of silverware.