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List Rules French soccer players only.

Aside from Zizou (Zinedane Zidane), who else makes it onto the list of the best French soccer players? Plenty of French footballers, according to soccer fans. Below, you'll see a rank of the best footballers from France, spanning decades of history--with some star players from years past. Don't agree with the list? Vote for your favorite French football players and add any you feel should be in the discussion.

This list of the best soccer players from France includes details on positions played along with photos when available. If you're searching for a particular famous French soccer player you can use the search box at the top of the list to find who you're looking for. Some generally agreed upon greats include Cyrille Pouget, Antar Yahia and Zinedine Zidane. In fact, Zidane is in the running for being one of the best soccer players of all time, regardless of country. But if you're wondering who are the best French footballers currently or who is the greatest French soccer player of all time, this list is for you. 

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of France in order to get more information about each one. If you're a soccer fan, then you can use this list of the best French soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might not know about.
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Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

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2
+ - 484 158
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

3
+ - 410 187
Michel Platini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Michel Platini Midfielder

4
+ - 332 161
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Eric Cantona Forward, Midfielder

5
+ - 222 103
Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Vieira Midfielder

6
+ - 175 66
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

7
+ - 248 146
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

8
+ - 182 96
Lilian Thuram is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Lilian Thuram Defender

9
+ - 215 123
Just Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Just Fontaine Forward

10
+ - 149 79
Jean-Pierre Papin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

11
+ - 157 80
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Marcel Desailly Defender, Midfielder

12
+ - 136 67
Robert Pirès is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Robert Pirès Midfielder

13
+ - 108 43
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Paul Pogba Midfielder

14
+ - 137 74
Laurent Blanc is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Laurent Blanc Defender

15
+ - 166 102
Raymond Kopa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Raymond Kopa Forward, Midfielder

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16
+ - 108 59
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Claude Makélélé Midfielder

17
+ - 182 122
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Karim Benzema Forward

18
+ - 54 20
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper

19
+ - 113 66
Didier Deschamps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Didier Deschamps Midfielder

20
+ - 61 31
David Trezeguet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
David Trezeguet Forward

21
+ - 50 21
Laurent Koscielny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

22
+ - 63 36
Dimitri Payet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Dimitri Payet Forward, Midfielder

23
+ - 39 13
Blaise Matuidi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Blaise Matuidi Midfielder

24
+ - 108 75
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Fabien Barthez Goalkeeper

25
+ - 100 74
Raphaël Varane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Raphaël Varane Defender

26
+ - 51 24
Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrice Evra Defender, Midfielder

27
+ - 29 10
Emmanuel Petit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Emmanuel Petit Midfielder

28
+ - 40 24
Bixente Lizarazu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Bixente Lizarazu Defender

29
+ - 63 52
Jean Tigana is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Jean Tigana Midfielder

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+ - 29 14
Éric Abidal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Éric Abidal Defender, Midfielder

31
+ - 29 21
Youri Djorkaeff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Youri Djorkaeff Forward

32
+ - 25 11
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Nicolas Anelka Forward, Midfielder

33
+ - 31 21
David Ginola is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
David Ginola Forward, Midfielder

34
+ - 21 17
Marius Trésor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Marius Trésor Defender

35
+ - 32 25
Hatem Ben Arfa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Hatem Ben Arfa Midfielder

36
+ - 20 14
Sylvain Wiltord is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Sylvain Wiltord Forward, Midfielder

37
+ - 35 34
Alain Giresse is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Alain Giresse Midfielder

38
+ - 18 12
Ludovic Giuly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ludovic Giuly Winger, Forward, Midfielder

39
+ - 17 11
Willy Sagnol is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Willy Sagnol Defender

40
+ - 15 12
Roger Piantoni is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Roger Piantoni Forward

41
+ - 14 8
Patrick Battiston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

42
+ - 16 10
Bacary Sagna is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Bacary Sagna Defender

43
+ - 13 7
Mathieu Valbuena is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Mathieu Valbuena Midfielder

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+ - 18 16
Manuel Amoros is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Manuel Amoros Defender

45
+ - 15 16
Bernard Lama is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Bernard Lama Goalkeeper

46
+ - 15 10
Florent Malouda is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Florent Malouda Midfielder

47
+ - 15 10
William Gallas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
William Gallas Defender

48
+ - 12 7
Vincent Candela is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Vincent Candela Defender

49
+ - 14 12
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Frank Leboeuf Defender

50
+ - 15 14
Basile Boli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Basile Boli Defender