The name Michel Platini doesn’t hold the same weight it once did after the transgressions the former head of UEFA made during his time in charge of the governing body.
Corruption marred his legacy with the European organization and ultimately led to his ban from all football activities back in 2015, but Platini’s time as a player was quite impressive.
The former France international is third all-time for Les Bleus in goals scored with 41 despite only having played in 72 matches. Platini’s biggest feat of all came in the mid-1980s though when France competed in Euro 1984.
France has had decorated players throughout its history, including Thierry Henry, Lillian Thuram, Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira, however, Platini was one of the first key players to deliver a major trophy for Les Bleus.
Prior to 1984, France had never won an international competition, but that would change at Euro 1984 thanks to one of the most incredible individual performances ever seen at a major tournament.
Although the tournament only featured eight teams -- one-third of the total at Euro 2020 -- Platini and France were largely dominant throughout the group stage and that quality seeped into the knockout phase.