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Former T&T international and now ESPN analyst Shaka Hislop believes Frenchman Michel Platini is the favourite to take over as President of Fifa.

Hislop was speaking on Tuesday as news broke of Sepp Blatter’s decision to step down as president of Fifa. Hislop said the latest development was a perfect opportunity to turn the game around.

“I believe this is an opportunity that football simply cannot turn down. “This is a chance to get the right person with the right vision to lead today’s football. Today’s football is a far cry from the football Sepp Blatter inherited in 1998,” Hislop said. “There has been slow change in the Confederations. For the first time in 20 years the Caribbean did not block votes.”

The former Newcastle United and Portsmouth goalkeeper made it clear that Platini was his choice to become the new Fifa president. “I said all along that I felt the only person involved in football with the charisma, the reputation to run against and potentially beat  Sepp Blatter was Michel Platini. Fair play to Prince Ali for putting his neck out there. “Nobody else had the spine to do that. I still see Platini as favourite as with the bookies,” Hislop said.