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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
BaruchLalaev added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

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2
519 168
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

3
433 202
Michel Platini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Michel Platini Midfielder

4
349 168
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Eric Cantona Forward, Midfielder

5
235 110
Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Vieira Midfielder

6
199 77
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
uluhan-tepe added Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

7
263 160
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

8
194 106
Lilian Thuram is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Lilian Thuram Defender

9
223 128
Just Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Just Fontaine Forward

10
154 84
Jean-Pierre Papin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

11
128 50
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Paul Pogba Midfielder

12
143 72
Robert Pirès is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Robert Pirès Midfielder

13
162 85
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Marcel Desailly Defender, Midfielder

14
146 77
Laurent Blanc is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Laurent Blanc Defender

15
172 105
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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115 62
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Claude Makélélé Midfielder

17
122 68
Didier Deschamps is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Didier Deschamps Midfielder

18
188 134
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Karim Benzema Forward

19
67 34
David Trezeguet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added David Trezeguet Forward

20
62 26
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper

21
46 16
Blaise Matuidi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Blaise Matuidi Midfielder

22
56 24
Laurent Koscielny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

23
107 76
Raphaël Varane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
scruffenstein added Raphaël Varane Defender

24
115 77
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Fabien Barthez Goalkeeper

25
59 28
Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrice Evra Defender, Midfielder

26
71 43
Dimitri Payet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
uluhan-tepe added Dimitri Payet Forward, Midfielder

27
38 11
Emmanuel Petit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Emmanuel Petit Midfielder

28
46 26
Bixente Lizarazu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Bixente Lizarazu Defender

29
36 21
Youri Djorkaeff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Youri Djorkaeff Forward

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68 53
Jean Tigana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Jean Tigana Midfielder

31
34 16
Éric Abidal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Éric Abidal Defender, Midfielder

32
37 23
David Ginola is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added David Ginola Forward, Midfielder

33
30 13
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Nicolas Anelka Forward, Midfielder

34
24 17
Marius Trésor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Marius Trésor Defender

35
22 16
Manuel Amoros is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Manuel Amoros Defender

36
20 12
Ludovic Giuly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ludovic Giuly Winger, Forward, Midfielder

37
38 35
Alain Giresse is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Alain Giresse Midfielder

38
18 10
William Gallas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
William Gallas Defender

39
18 13
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added Frank Leboeuf Defender

40
22 15
Sylvain Wiltord is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Sylvain Wiltord Forward, Midfielder

41
20 13
Willy Sagnol is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Willy Sagnol Defender

42
16 13
Roger Piantoni is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Roger Piantoni Forward

43
19 13
Bacary Sagna is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Bacary Sagna Defender

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15 9
Patrick Battiston is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Battiston Defender

45
15 9
Mathieu Valbuena is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Mathieu Valbuena Midfielder

46
16 17
Bernard Lama is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Bernard Lama Goalkeeper

47
16 11
Florent Malouda is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Florent Malouda Midfielder

48
13 8
Vincent Candela is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Vincent Candela Defender

49
14 9
Philippe Mexès is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Philippe Mexès Defender

50
16 15
Basile Boli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Basile Boli Defender