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A soccer great is now touched by scandal

Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world's best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the eras of Pele and Diego Maradona.

Repeatedly voted Europe's best player, the Frenchman instantly recognizable for his unruly mop of hair and his often grumpy demeanor in his later years went on to become European soccer's top administrator as president of UEFA.

Now his lofty reputation in the so-called beautiful game has been tainted by corruption scandals.

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