UEFA President Michel Platini has announced he will stand for the FIFA presidency.
The former France international confirmed on Wednesday that he wants to take over from Sepp Blatter.
Blatter has been in charge since 1998 but is set to quit as a result of the ongoing corruption crisis.
Platini will stand in the general election for Blatter’s replacement, which takes place on February 26 next year, and will be one of the favourites to become the world’s No1 football man.
If ex-France and Juventus superstat Platini wins, he would become the first former prominent footballer to head FIFA.
Candidates for the FIFA presidency have until October 26 to be nominated, before running their presidential campaigns ahead of February’s emergency congress meeting.Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN