I wasn't born to witness you play. I was a one year old baby when you stopped coaching.
But, I feel like I was there when you created history with Juventud & France. I feel like I witnessed you winning 3 consecutive Ballon d'Or awards. I feel like I saw you score free kicks past the goalkeeper with ease. I feel like I saw you paint Le carré magique.
That number 10 shirt that you donned so elegantly. Before you, it was just a number. After you, it became an identity. Identity of a fuoriclasse. Just like the free kicks. Just like the French national team. Just like Juventus Football Club.
I sense that I saw you lift the Euro in 1984. It appears that I saw you score that magical goal in Tokyo.
No, I wasn't born to witness you play. Yes, I was a one year old baby when you stopped coaching. But, it feels like I have an inexplicable bond with you. A bond that gives me strong emotions.
Beyond numbers and everything you have won, this is your greatest influence. To generate emotions in someone that didn't witness you at all.
Thanks for everything Michel and Happy 63rd Birthday.
Forever a King
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