Michel Platini: We rigged the FIFA World Cup

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The former France international and disgraced ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter are on trial in Switzerland in a case that began on 8 June.

According to Insider.com, prosecutors claim that a $2 million (R32 million) payment made by Blatter to Platini in 2011 was illegal, while the pair also face a number of other fraud-related charges.

In a recent radio interview, three-time Ballon d'Or winner Platini, who was the co-president of the World Cup Organising Committee for the 1998 World Cup, shockingly revealed he was complicit in ensuring a certain outcome in a draw, one that guaranteed that hosts France would not meet giants Brazil until the final of the tournament.

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1. Lionel Messi - seven Ballon d'Or awards
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - five Ballon d'Or awards
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - five Ballon d'Or awards
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=3. Johan Cruyff - three Ballon d'Or awards
=3. Marco van Basten - three Ballon d'Or awards
=3. Marco van Basten - three Ballon d'Or awards
=3. Michel Platini - three Ballon d'Or awards
=3. Michel Platini - three Ballon d'Or awards
=6. Franz Beckenbauer - two Ballon d'Or awards
=6. Franz Beckenbauer - two Ballon d'Or awards
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=6. Ronaldo Nazario - two Ballon d'Or awards
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=6. Kevin Keegan - two Ballon d'Or awards
=6. Alfredo Di Stefano - two Ballon d'Or awards
=6. Alfredo Di Stefano - two Ballon d'Or awards
=6. Karl Heinz-Rummenigge - two Ballon d'Or awards
=6. Karl Heinz-Rummenigge - two Ballon d'Or awards

"When we organised the calendar, we did a little trickery," Platini explained, according to The Sun.

"If we finished first in the group and Brazil finished first, we could not meet before the final.

"We did not work until we were bored for six years to organise the World Cup, not to do some little shenanigans.

"When you are at home, you want to be able to enjoy things.

"Do you think the others do not do it for their World Cups?

"France against Brazil in the final, that was the dream of everyone."

The two sides did eventually meet in the tournament's finale, where Les Bleus triumphed with an emphatic 3-0 victory over the Selecao thanks to a brace by Zinedine Zidane, and a further strike from Emmanuel Petit.

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1. Dani Alves (43 trophies)
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2. Lionel Messi (40 trophies)
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=3. Andres Iniesta (37 trophies)
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5. Ryan Giggs (36 trophies)
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=6. Kenny Dalglish (35 trophies)
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=6. Gerard Pique (35 trophies)
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=8. Cristiano Ronaldo (34 trophies)
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=8. Vitor Baia (34 trophies)
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11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (32 trophies)
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