While he had a turbulent time on the administration side of football that saw him receive a six-year ban by FIFA following an ethics investigation, there is no denying that the ex-UEFA president, Michel Platini, who turns 61 today, was one of the greatest footballers in his day.
After enjoying success with Nancy and Saint-Etienne, the attacking midfielder enjoyed his most successful stint with Italian giants Juventus. In his five years in Turin, the Frenchman found his scoring touch, winning the Serie A golden boot consecutively between 1983-85.
His 68 goals in 147 appearances saw Juve win numerous trophies, including the European Cup and two Serie A crowns. On the international stage, his greatest moment was captaining Les Bleus to Euro 1984 glory. He has won the Ballon D’Or three times in 1983, ’84 and ‘85.
It was just a few months ago that Darren Sammy’s troops were celebrating their second World Twenty20 triumph in India.
Back on this day 41 years ago, the West Indies were again celebrating by becoming the first ever world champions.
Facing Australia at Lord’s, the Caribbean side came into their encounter having won all their games in the tournament. That form continued as captain Clive Lloyd smashed 102 runs from 85 deliveries as the West Indies imposed a challenging total of 291.
Viv Richards was involved in three run-outs and it was the fifth and final one that sealed a memorable 17-run victory on the longest day of the year.