Michel Platini will stand for the FIFA presidency.
The UEFA boss confirmed the news today, after speculation he would stand in recent days.
"There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands," Platini said as he announced his intention to stand.
"I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of FIFA."
The France legend, who has been President of UEFA since 2007, says he wants "to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves."
FIFA has been surrounded by a corruption scandal in recent months.
Sepp Blatter resigned as head of World football’s governing body last month, just days after being re-elected for a fifth term.
Platini insists he is standing as a candidate "with enthusiasm and conviction, but also with the humility of someone who knows that he cannot succeed on his own."
The election will take place on the 26th of February next year - when Blatter will step down.