Platini, grandson of an Italian immigrant, was born at Joeuf in
1955 and began with Nancy, where his father was coach.
played in the 1976 Olympics and that year made his full international
debut, against Czechoslovakia. In 1979 after scoring 98 goals
in seven years with Nancy, Platini moved to AS St. Etienne.
Juventus paid £1.200.000 for him and his goals helped win
three Italian titles in four years as well as European honours.
France to the 1984 European Championship, his nine goals including
two hat-tricks, taking him past Fontaine's overall French record.
In 1985 he
won his third European Footballer Of The Year award and converted
the penalty which beat Liverpool in the ill-fated European Cup
in three World Cups from 1978. In 1982 he helped France to fourth
place and in 1986 they finished third and Platini at last showed
his true class. In August 1987 he played for The Rest Of The World
against the Football League at Wembley and then retired, after
72 caps and 41 goals, to concentrate on his vast business empire.
France failed to qualify for the 1990 World Cup, Platini took
over as team manager. It was his first coaching job in football.