5 of the Best Moments of Michel Platini’s Career

Michel Platini is Number 8 in 90min’s Top 50 Greatest Footballer of All Time Series

Love him or hate him (if you’re not French or a Juventus fan, you probably hate him), you can’t deny that wayyyyy back in the 1980s, there were very few better footballers in the world than Michel Platini. 

In Europe between 1983 and 1985, there were no footballers better than Platini actually – as his Ballons d’Or attest. 

Without further ado, here are the big corrupt legend’s best moments in football. 

Three Consecutive Ballons d’Or


Only two footballers in the history of mankind have won back to back to back Ballons d’Or. One is Michel Platini and the other is…? 

I’ll give you three guesses… 

‘Is it ummm…this is so much pressure…

I’m going to have to push you for an answer.



‘No forget I said that…Lionel Messi?’ 


Messi won four in a row actually, but still, winning three in a row is pretty damn impressive. So nice one Michel. 

Three Consecutive Capocannoniere

Michel Platini

Another quiz question for you: 

Only two footballers in the history of mankind have won back to back to back Capocannoniere. One is Michel Platini and the other is…?

‘Oh I’m never getting this…’ 

C’mon just guess. 

‘I really don’t know though.’

No one’s going to judge you if you get it wrong. 

‘Ohhhh I don’t know…the Pope?’

No. Consider yourself judged. 

It was actually Gunnar Nordahl of AC Milan fame. You idiot. He was a proper poacher, whereas Platini did it from midfield, which is quite extraordinary. 

Consecutive Perfect Hat-Tricks at Euro ’84

Michel Platini,Simovic

A perfect hat-trick is a rather rare thing in football. Peter Crouch only did it once – which tells you all you need to know. 

So it is pretty exceptional that Platini scored two perfect hat-tricks in the space of four days during Euro 1984. 

His first was against Belgium in a 5-0 thumping – with the pick of the goals being a thunderous header – and his second came a few days later in a 3-2 win over Yugoslavia – with the pick of the goals being a thunderous diving header. 

Winning Euro ’84

As I discussed in another article on Platini, the number 10 was pretty good at Euro 1984. He scored nine goals in five games at the tournament – including those back-to-back perfect hat tricks.

See, pretty, pretty good. 

He proved to be the match winner in every game for Les Bleus in the tournament, scoring the opener in the final and the last minute of extra goal against Portugal in the semis. 

Pretty, pretty good. 

Goal vs Ascoli

Platini is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best player to ever play for Juventus. And that is saying something. 

While at La Vecchia Signora, Platini was the star man as they won basically every single trophy ever made – like, I’m pretty sure they won Wimbledon. 

During his five year stint in Turin, the France star also scored a lot of great goals for Juventus.

The pick of the bunch – for me anyways – was his goal against Ascoli in 1983. 

No, it wasn’t an important goal, as Juve were already four up against the fourth worst team in Serie A, but it was a beautiful one. Platini played a quick one-two before backheeling the ball (yes, backheeling the ball) over a defender and then with his next touch, he dinked the ball over an onrushing goalkeeper  – on the half-volley – and into the net. 


Just absolutely class. 

90min’s ‘Top 50 Greatest Footballers of All Time’ can be found here.

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Number 49: John Charles

Number 48: Hugo Sanchez

Number 47: Jairzinho

Number 46: Omar Sivori

Number 45: Paolo Rossi

Number 44: Paul Breitner

Number 43: George Weah

Number 42: Kaka

Number 41: Lev Yashin

Number 40: Gunnar Nordahl

Number 39: Kevin Keegan

Number 38: Hristo Stoichkov

Number 37: Gianluigi Buffon

Number 36: Johan Neeskens

Number 35: Xavi Hernandez

Number 34: Luis Suarez

Number 33: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Number 32: Andres Iniesta

Number 31: Rivelino

Number 30: Bobby Moore

Number 29: Socrates

Number 28: Sandor Kocsis

Number 27: Lothar Matthaus

Number 26: Ronaldinho

Number 25: Ruud Gullit

Number 24: Bobby Charlton

Number 23: Giuseppe Meazza

Number 22: Raymond Kopa

Number 21: Romario

Number 20: Eusebio

Number 19: Marco van Basten

Number 18: George Best

Number 17: Zico

Number 16: Franco Baresi

Number 15: Cristiano Ronaldo

Number 14: Ferenc Puskas

Number 13: Paolo Maldini

Number 12: Gerd Müller

Number 11: Mané Garrincha

Number 10: Alfredo Di Stefano

Number 9: ​Roberto Baggio


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