Former France international David Ginola's unlikely bid to "refresh football" by challenging Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency on Friday took an early twist when it emerged he was paid by a bookmaker to stand. The 47-year-old revealed he was being paid £250,000 (HK$2.95 million) by betting company Paddy Power to throw his hat into the ring. But if he is to have his name on a ballot paper, Ginola needs the support of at least five member countries. Whether you are on the terraces or on the pitch we all know that the Fifa system isn't working David Ginola And the former Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur favourite's cause was not helped when, under questioning from journalists at a news conference in London, he was unable to name a single member of global governing body Fifa's executive committee. Earlier yesterday, in an appeal for public support, Ginola said on his Twitter account: "I am standing for Fifa president and I need you on my team," Ginola announced on his Twitter account. "It is time that football was refreshed," Ginola added as he confirmed the bid at a London press conference. "We have to be brave and deal with what is going on in this game we love." "I know it will not be easy for me to be elected, but I have to try. I always did my best on the pitch and I will do the same now." And there are doubts whether Ginola will even get into the contest for the president's post. Candidates must have played an active role in football administration for two of the past five years and be nominated by five member associations - something many pundits feel Ginola has little chance of achieving. However, Ginola - in an attempt to mobilise public support - invited fans and other groups to join "Team Ginola", with his campaign already having the backing of pressure group ChangeFIFA. "I'm standing because like you, I love football said Ginola in a video posted on the team ginola.com website: "Whether you are on the terraces or on the pitch we all know that the Fifa system isn't working," he added. "The game needs to change, but I can't change it on my own. I need you to stand up and change it with me. "By joining Team Ginola you are saying 'yes' to a Fifa built on democracy, transparency and equality. You are saying 'yes' to a Fifa which cares about one thing - football." Ginola follows fellow Frenchman Jerome Champagne, a former Fifa official, and Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, a Fifa vice-president into the election. Potential candidates have until January 29 to put their names forward. The Fifa Congress with the election will be held in Zurich in May. Blatter, 78, who has been at the top of Fifa since 1998 is widely expected to secure a fifth successive term in office. After moving to England from PSG in 1995, Ginola played for several Premier League clubs. Renowned for his good looks and flowing hair, as much as his football skills, Ginola - capped 17 times by France - was named England's Footballer of the Year in 1999, the same year he helped Spurs win the League Cup. Since retiring as a player, Ginola has been an actor and model, but has retained an interest in football as a television pundit and through involvement with clubs in Asia and France. He also campaigned for England's unsuccessful bid to stage the 2018 World Cup, which attracted a mere two votes in the 2010 ballot of Fifa members. Fifa has been mired in corruption claims relating to the bids for hosting the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, set to take place in Russia and Qatar, respectively.