12. Michel Platini
Playing between the lines decades before it was de rigueur, Platini was an elegant, graceful second striker or attacking midfielder with an eye for goal and a winning mentality that ensured he excelled wherever he played. He was absolutely sensational at Euro 84, where his nine goals in five matches – including hat-tricks against Yugoslavia and Belgium – delivered the trophy for France on home soil.
He was peerless in the mid-1980s, winning the Ballon d’Or three times while at Juventus and scoring the winner in the tragic 1985 European Cup Final against Liverpool.
Career highlight: Platini considered France’s 3-2 semi-final win against Portugal at Euro 84 as the best game he played in. He scored the dramatic extra-time winner after 119 minutes.