Michel Platini was born on 21 June 1955 in Joeuf, Lorraine, in eastern France.
He enjoyed a distinguished career as a footballer, captaining the France team that won the 1984 UEFA European Football Championship on home soil, and holding the record for the number of goals in a EURO final round, scoring nine times.
He also took part in three FIFA World Cups, in 1978, 1982 and 1986, reaching the semi-final of the latter two competitions. In 72 international appearances for France – 49 as captain – he scored 41 goals, an achievement that stood as a record for a number of years.
Michel Platini played for three clubs – AS Nancy-Lorraine (1973-79) and AS Saint-Étienne (1979-82) in France, and Juventus (1982-87) in Italy. In a career spanning 501 matches, he scored 265 goals, and won the Ballon d'Or for European Footballer of the Year three successive times, in 1983, 1984 and 1985.
He was then coach of the French national team from 1988 to 1992 before embarking on a career as a football administrator. From 1992 to 1998, he was co-president of the FIFA World Cup Organising Committee for the 1998 World Cup in France, and vice-president of the French Football Federation (FFF) from 2000.
Within world football's governing body FIFA, from 2002 Michel Platini was a member of the FIFA Executive Committee, chairman of the Technical Development Committee, vice-chairman of the Football Committee and vice-chairman of the GOAL project. He was a member of the FIFA World Cup Organising Committee for the 2006 final round in Germany.
From 1988 to 1990, Michel Platini was a member of the UEFA Technical Development Committee. From 2002, he was a member of the UEFA Executive Committee, and represented the Executive Committee on the UEFA Technical Development Committee. He also served on the UEFA working group on clubs and leagues.
Michel Platini was elected as the sixth president of UEFA at the XXXI Ordinary UEFA Congress in Dusseldorf on 26 January 2007. He has been re-elected by acclamation twice since – at the XXXV Ordinary UEFA Congress in Paris on 22 March 2011, and at the XXXIX Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna on 24 March 2015. He is also a vice-president of FIFA.