Platini was speaking at a meeting to the representatives from the 53 member national associations on Thursday in a bid to reflect on the state of the game in the continent at the start of 2012.
The former French international focused his talk on the illegal activities plaguing the game in many leagues and called on the officials to better police the game in order to allow football to take centre stage.
He recognised the multitude of steps taken under his tenure, which began in 2006, and reiterated his desire for new regulations such as a centralised marketing system handling the needs of the various national teams alongside the upcoming financial fair play regulations which took into effect in the current season.
"Football is too beautiful for us to leave it exposed to the numerous dangers that threaten it. Football is a wonderful thing, a treasure we must preserve," Platini said.
"In some countries we know certain clubs better by their lawyers than their players, as some administrators try to make a name for themselves and bring in money by constantly taking the associations to court. This is unacceptable.
"Players sign or terminate contracts under pressure or threats. This cannot be tolerated. We must do more to protect the players, without whom there would be no football.
"Clubs spend money they do not have, while others no longer pay their players. How is it possible for there to be more money in football than ever before and yet so many clubs that have never been in so much debt?
"Professional football in Europe has run up losses of €1.6 billion according to our latest study. How is this paradox possible? It is unsustainable."
Nevertheless, the former Ballon D'or winner with Juventus was optimistic for the future noting the increased solidarity between the national associations and the progress made so far because of their collaborative efforts.
"First, I feel that together we have already achieved some great things," he was reported to have said according to the organisation's website.
"Reforming the club competitions, reforming the national team competitions, reforming our statutes, and launching major projects such as financial fair play and the European qualifiers, to name but a few.
"In 2007, I promised to bring together around a single table all the families of football to bury the hatchet and put an end to the tensions that, for years, had riddled relations between UEFA and the different football bodies," he reminded the officials present.
"And so, a few months after my election, we signed memorandums of understanding with the representatives of the clubs, the leagues and the players.
"Bringing everyone together was one thing - an invitation was enough. Creating unity was quite another. This required persuasion. But we got there.
"UEFA is an innovative and unique institution: a kind of research and development laboratory which works at all times for the advancement of football but with respect for tradition; a cutting-edge organisation, but one which forgets neither its past nor its roots."
He also said that he was looking forward to EURO 2012, which takes place in Poland and Ukraine in June, and he believes that the tournament will be a wonderful one and hopes it will bring a great deal of joy to football fans from around the world.
"Because after so much effort and so many sacrifices, I am confident that this tournament will live up to our expectations and provide us with its fair share of emotions," he said.