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French soccer star Michel Platini won three straight Ballon d'Or Awards as a player before becoming president of the Union of European Football Associations.
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Afterward, he became co-president of the FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee for the 1998 World Cup in France.
Beginning in 2002, Platini served as a member of the FIFA Executive Committee, chairman of the Technical Development Committee and vice chairman of the Football Committee. He was elected president of the Union of European Football Associations in January 2007, and reelected for a second four-year term in March 2011.
In recognition of his incredible accomplishments as a player,
Platini was voted to the English Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and to the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
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