Classic clip of Michel Platini gracefully dribbling for France against Ireland [GIF]

He’s not everyone’s cup of tea now but Michel Platini used to be a favourite for neutrals before he hung up his boots.

The UEFA president was a world class footballer for France and Juventus among other clubs, this classic clip showing a hint of his ability.

This GIF appears to be from the 1977 World Cup qualifier between France and Ireland. Platini effortlessly dribbles his way out of trouble with balletic grace.

His talents weren’t enough to win the game however. That honour fell to fellow future Old Lady old boy Liam Brady, whose winning goal you can see below.