Michel Platini

1955 - Today

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Michel François Platini (French pronunciation: [miʃɛl fʁɑ̃swa platini]; born 21 June 1955) is a French football administrator and former player and manager. Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Platini won the Ballon d'Or three times in a row, in 1983, 1984 and 1985, and came seventh in the FIFA Player of the Century vote. In recognition of his achievements, he was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1985 and became an Officier in 1998. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michel Platini has received more than 4,013,275 page views. His biography is available in 89 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Michel Platini is the 19th most popular soccer player (down from 15th in 2019), the 257th most popular biography from France (up from 298th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Soccer Player.

Michel Platini is most famous for being the president of UEFA and the president of the Union of European Football Associations.

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Among soccer players, Michel Platini ranks 19 out of 21,273Before him are Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Zico, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Bobby Charlton, and Giuseppe Meazza. After him are George Best, Jairzinho, Koji Tanaka, Josef Bican, Lionel Messi, and Rivellino.

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Among people born in 1955, Michel Platini ranks 6Before him are Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Bruce Willis, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Rowan Atkinson. After him are Tim Berners-Lee, Jair Bolsonaro, Koji Tanaka, Kevin Costner, Alain Prost, and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

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In France

Among people born in France, Michel Platini ranks 257 out of 6,770Before him are Philip III of France (1245), Ferdinand Foch (1851), Pope Leo IX (1002), Georges Méliès (1861), Serge Gainsbourg (1928), and Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (1810). After him are Rudolf Diesel (1858), Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), Pope Innocent V (1225), Charles Fourier (1772), Maurice Leblanc (1864), and Philip I of France (1052).


Among soccer players born in France, Michel Platini ranks 2Before him are Zinedine Zidane (1972). After him are Raymond Kopa (1931), Eric Cantona (1966), Didier Deschamps (1968), Lucien Laurent (1907), Karim Benzema (1987), Thierry Henry (1977), Laurent Blanc (1965), Franck Ribéry (1983), Philippe Troussier (1955), and Aimé Jacquet (1941).