Michel PlatiniElegant midfielder Michel Platini was perhaps the best passer of the ball the UFWC has ever seen, not to mention a deadly free-kick specialist, and an incredibly prolific goalscorer.

‘He could thread the ball through the eye of a needle, as well as finish,’ said Bobby Charlton, of a player who left an indelible mark on the Unofficial Football World Championships.

Born in 1955, Platini scored a remarkable 41 goals in 72 games from midfield for France, including 15 goals in just 18 UFWC games. He has the same number of UFWC goals as Pele, and some would argue that Platini was the better footballer.

After captaining his country to European Championships and UFWC glory in 1984, Platini was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour. He was voted European Footballer of the Year three times in a row in 1983, 1984, and 1985, and World Player of the Year in 1984 and 1985. He later managed France, but failed to match his successes as a player. He is now the president of Uefa.

Like many of football’s greatest players, Platini never won the World Cup but he can at least add the UFWC title to his impressive list of honours.

During his country’s successful UFWC reign at Euro 84, Platini pulled off a rare footballing feat that still amazes today. In two consecutive games, against Belgium and Yugoslavia, the French captain scored two consecutive ‘perfect’ hat-tricks (one goal with the left foot, one with the right, and one with the head).

Granted, the second goal against Belgium was a penalty, but they all count.

The first of the six goals was the best: Platini laid a free-kick short to Patrick Battiston, whose thunderous shot hit the crossbar. Platini pounced on the rebound, driving the ball home from the edge of the box.

You can see both hat-tricks in the videos below:

1. Michel Platini UFWC hat-trick vs Belgium, 16 June 1984

2. Michel Platini UFWC hat-trick vs Yugoslavia, 19 June 1984

About Paul Brown

Paul is a freelance journalist and author. He created the UFWC in 2003, and subsequently wrote the Unofficial Football World Champions book. He can be found on Twitter @paulbrownUK.

2 thoughts on “Michel Platini (France)

  1. David

    Now Platini is the worst UEFA President of the History.
    Great Blog, and interesant “tournament” congratulations.

  2. gultekin mg

    French cared football is only a shame for god.
    They have no talents but cheats and steals of talents.
    Platini = pillock
    Current actions and official limitations to join cups and sanctions made by UEFA makes us all worry where fair play goes through.
    God Save Brave New World.
    Are we really surprised when the man himself is borderline-racist?
    Are you aware that the people from “Fuck Euro” movement, would – suprise, suprise, do everything to spoil the Euro?
    Platini is a busted flush.
    His failure to even acknowledge that there is a racism issue, and his inability to give any coherent answers,
    nevermind leadership qualities, should raise serious doubts about his continued presence as head of UEFA
    and totally rule him out of running for FIFA.
    He is Total DARKNESS.

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