Michel Platini was re-elected for a third four-year term at the helm of UEFA in March 2015
Michel Platini has announced his decision to run for Fifa president to replace Sepp Blatter. Uefa president Platini is confident he will have the necessary support ahead of next February's election, confirming his candidacy in a letter written to Fifa's 209 member associations.
"This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of football alongside my own future," the statement read.
"I was also guided by the esteem, support and encouragement that many of you have shown me. There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands. I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of Fifa."
Other candidates for the presidency will have until 26 October to be nominated.
If he were to become FIFA president, Michel Platini would have completed the ultimate progression up the football ladder from national team captain to national coach to World Cup organisers, FIFA officer and UEFA president
Michel Platini would be the third Frenchman to lead FIFA after founding president Robert Guerin, who served between 1904 and 1906, and then long-serving Jules Rimet who was elected in 1921 and retired in 1954
Only one of FIFA's presidents in 111 years has not been European - Brazilian Joao Havelange who headed it from 1974 until 1998.
Michel Platini first entered the FIFA arena in 1998 when newly-elected president Sepp Blatter appointed the Frenchman as his 'football counsellor.'
Michel Francois Platini(DOB June 21,1955)is a formerFrench Football Player and Manager, and the President of the Union of the European Football Associations(UEFA) since 2007
Michel Platini represented France from 1975 to 1987 and also participated in the 1978,1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, reaching the semi-finals in the latter two
Michel Platini Platini was the record goalscorer of the France national team until Thierry Henry surpassed the 41 goals mark in 2007
Michel Platini was a member of the French Football Team that won the 1984 European Championship, a tournament in which he was the top goalscorer and voted the best player
Michel Platini holds the record for most goals (9) scored in the 1984 European Championship
Michel Platini was the French national team coach for four years from 1988 to 1992
Michel Platini won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1983, 1984 and 1985, a record jointly held with Dutch Internationals Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten
Michel Platini Platini was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honour on April 29,1985
Michel Platini became Officier in 1988.