It is no real surprise that French legend Michel Platini went into politics after football.
As a player, he led from the front, using a wide variety of passes to supply teammates while knowing when to forge on and score himself, relying on brain over brawn, speed of thought over sheer physicality.
He was, to many, the greatest player of his generation, sandwiched between the old (Johan Cruyff) and the new (Diego Maradona), a technically gifted midfield visionary with a deadly touch at free kicks.
He had a glittering club career at Nancy, St Etienne and Juventus. But it was on the international stage that Platini truly made his mark.
He was the undoubted star at the 1994 European Championships, scoring nine goals in just five games as he led Les Bleus to glory on home soil. And he was a major reason why France made it to consecutive World Cup semi-finals in 1982 and 1986.
As a player, Platini's nemesis was always the Germans. Now President of UEFA, he faces an equally tough foe – a Swiss lawyer called Sepp Blatter.
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