Monsieur Modesty

Michel Platini claims he would have been worth more than Cristiano Ronaldo in his prime

UEFA president bigs himself up

Michel Platini

In an interview with Italian left-wing magazine L’Espresso, Michel Platini made his views on Real Madrid’s spending spree clear. “Madrid have ruined the market,” said the UEFA President before explaining that the rise in inflation caused by Florentino Perez’s actions will have a negative impact on the rest of Europe.

After making such damning comments, how odd that the Frenchman should joke about his own value:

“If Cristiano cost 92m, when I was 23 I would have cost 93m.”

After realising the Ronaldo-esque arrogance of his quip, the Frenchman quickly added that he was referring to 93m old French Francs. Priceless stuff.

Although the comments appear to be made in jest, The Spoiler detects a hint of bitterness in his words. Platini was regarded as one of the best players of his era, and in 1982, at the age of 25, he moved to Juventus, the richest club of the time. The Italians paid a ‘nominal fee’ for the French captain, so he was denied the record-breaking transfer fee that would have asserted his status as one of the greatest names in the game.

[Source: Marca]

5 responses so far
  • bob // July 17, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    First of all Platini IS one of the greatest in the game, regardless of the apparent importance of a “world’s most expensive player” tag. Anyone remember Denilson?

    Also I detect a bit of bias regarding Platini. Yes, he hates the Premier League, but that shouldn’t mean that English journalists should tarnish the name of one of the top 10 players of all time by comparing him with overrated diving twat who in 20 years time will be about as famous as the name “Paulo Futre”.

  • AF // July 18, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Platini is as much of a nob as c-ron is. I wish they’d both go away.

  • dat hommy // July 20, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Is it me or the french are just arrogant pricks.. as far as i am concerned he may have been the greatest of his time but as much as i loath Diving Queen ronaldo.. he has skills to back his arrogance and let him have his time. Its time for grandpa to stop with the flashbacks.

  • Bokolis // July 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Platini has cause to be bitter because, as a footballer, Poof-naldo couldn’t shine Platini’s boots. But, in his bitterness, Platini forgets that Madrid buys shirt sellers, not footballers…and arrogant French pricks just aren’t that marketable.

  • Bay // July 21, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Uhhh. Platini IS one of the greatest names in the game? The English. Seriously. and dat hommy. Platini has a Euro Cup to his name, not to mention he’s considered one of the greatest. Doubt Fake Ronaldo will be.

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