In Pictures: Michel Platini during Euro 1984

It’s stated quite often that Diego Maradona won the 1986 Wold Cup on his own. But insofar as anyone can actually win a tournament on his own, that distinction would apply to Michel Platini at Euro 1984 much more than to Maradona two years later. The gifted French playmaker scored in every one of his team’s five matches. In total Platini scored an astonishing number of nine goals in the course of the tournament, including hattricks against Belgium and Yugoslavia.

Platini celebrates his goal in the opener against Denmark (1-0)

Shielding the ball against Belgium (5-0)

Platini celebrates one of his three goals against Yugoslavia (3-2)

On the ball in the semi-final against Portugal (3-2)

Platini “in action” during the final against Spanje (2-0)

Enter the Dragon…

Dominating in the air

Lifting the Coupe Henri Delaunay