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The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

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French soccer players only.

Who are the best football players from France? This list includes the greatest soccer players born in France or who played on the French national team. While the France men's national team has a long and storied history of producing top international talent, fans of the Les Bleus have been waiting for the Blues to maintain their international glory since winning the 2018 World Cup. So, who are the best footballers from France? Who is the best French soccer player of all time?

Some of the best French soccer players include national legends like Zinedane Zidane, Michel Platini, Thierry Henry, and David Trezeguet. There are also current France football stars such as Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann, and N'golo Kanté, who are making an impact across the globe. 

Vote up the best soccer players from the France, and help decide who is the greatest French footballer of all time!

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  • Zinedine Yazid Zidane (French pronunciation: ​[zinedin jazid zidan]; born 23 June 1972), nicknamed "Zizou" (pronounced [zizu]), is a French former professional football player and current manager of ...more
  • Thierry Henry
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    Thierry Daniel Henry (French pronunciation: ​[tjɛʁi ɑ̃ʁi]; born 17 August 1977) is a French professional football coach and former player who was most recently the manager of Ligue 1 club ...more
  • Patrick Vieira (born 23 June 1976) is a French professional football head coach and former player. He is the manager of Nice. Considered one of the best players of his generation, Vieira began his ...more
  • Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. Mbappé came into prominence at an early age, starring for the ...more
  • Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry (born 7 April 1983) is a French professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Salernitana. He primarily plays as a winger, preferably on the left side, and is known ...more
  • Michel François Platini (born 21 June 1955) is a French former football player, manager and administrator. As the president of UEFA in 2015 he was banned from football, over ethics violations. ...more
  • Claude Makélélé Sinda (French pronunciation: ​[klod makelele]; born 18 February 1973) is a French football manager and former professional player who played as a defensive midfielder. He is currently ...more
  • Didier Claude Deschamps (French pronunciation: ​[didje deʃɑ̃]; born 15 October 1968) is a French retired footballer who has been manager of the France national team since 2012. He played as a ...more
  • Robert Emmanuel Pires (born 29 October 1973) is a French football coach and former professional player.Pires played for French clubs Metz and Marseille prior to his time with Arsenal, where he won ...more
  • Eric Cantona
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    Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (French pronunciation: ​[eʁik kɑ̃tona]; born 24 May 1966) is a French actor and former professional footballer. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, ...more
  • Marcel Desailly (born Odenke Abbey, French pronunciation: ​[maʁsɛl dəsɑji]; born 7 September 1968) is a French former professional footballer who played as a centre back or defensive midfielder and ...more
  • Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien (French pronunciation: ​[li.ljɑ̃ ty.ʁam]; born 1 January 1972) is a French retired professional football defender and the most capped player in the history of the France ...more
  • Antoine Griezmann (born 21 March 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Atlético Madrid, on loan from Barcelona, and the France national team. A versatile ...more
  • Hugo Lloris
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    Hugo Hadrien Dominique Lloris (born 26 December 1986) is a French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper and captains both Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the France national ...more
  • Laurent Robert Blanc (French pronunciation: ​[loʁɑ̃ blɑ̃]; born 19 November 1965) is a French professional football manager and former player. He was most recently the manager of Paris Saint-Germain. ...more
  • Emmanuel Laurent Petit (French pronunciation: ​[ɛmanɥɛl pəti]; born 22 September 1970) is a French former footballer who played at club level for Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea as a ...more
  • Samuel Yves Um Titi (born 14 November 1993), known as Samuel Umtiti, is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for La Liga club Barcelona and the France national team. Umtiti ...more
  • Éric Abidal
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    Eric Sylvain Abidal (French pronunciation: ​[eʁik abidal]; born 11 September 1979) is a French former professional footballer who played as a left back or a central defender, and is the director of ...more
  • Paul Pogba
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    Paul Labile Pogba (born 15 March 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Juventus and the France national team. He operates primarily as a central midfielder, but can ...more
  • Bixente Jean-Michel Lizarazu (Basque pronunciation: [biˈʃente lis̻aˈɾas̻u]) (born 9 December 1969) is a French former professional footballer who played for Bordeaux and Bayern Munich, among other ...more
  • Olivier Jonathan Giroud (born 30 September 1986) is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian Serie A club Milan and the France national team. Regarded for his work-rate, ...more
  • Blaise Matuidi (born 9 April 1987) is a French professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Major League Soccer club Inter Miami. Matuidi is a former France youth international, having ...more
  • David Ginola
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    David Désiré Marc Ginola (French pronunciation: ​[david ʒinola]; born 25 January 1967) is a French former international football player who has also worked as an actor, model and football ...more
  • Raphaël Xavier Varane (born 25 April 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Manchester United and the France national team. Varane is regarded as ...more
  • David Sergio Trezeguet (French pronunciation: ​[david sɛʁʒjo tʁezəɡɛ]; born 15 October 1977) is a French former footballer who played as a striker. Trezeguet began his career in Argentina with Club ...more