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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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1,043 269
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

2
794 255
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
619 302
Michel Platini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Michel Platini Midfielder

4
516 246
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Eric Cantona Forward, Midfielder

5
375 165
Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Vieira Midfielder

6
378 168
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
399 240
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
253 132
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Marcel Desailly Defender, Midfielder

9
218 110
Laurent Blanc is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Laurent Blanc Defender

10
202 100
Robert Pirès is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Robert Pirès Midfielder

11
275 160
Lilian Thuram is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Lilian Thuram Defender

12
213 117
Jean-Pierre Papin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

13
277 167
Just Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Just Fontaine Forward

14
250 118
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Paul Pogba Midfielder

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220 129
Raymond Kopa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Raymond Kopa Forward, Midfielder

16
132 54
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper

17
164 84
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Claude Makélélé Midfielder

18
111 56
David Trezeguet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added David Trezeguet Forward

19
165 99
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Fabien Barthez Goalkeeper

20
80 30
Emmanuel Petit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Emmanuel Petit Midfielder

21
250 187
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Karim Benzema Forward

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153 91
Didier Deschamps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Didier Deschamps Midfielder

23
103 53
Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrice Evra Defender, Midfielder

24
103 68
Jean Tigana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Jean Tigana Midfielder

25
56 11
N'golo Kanté is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
N'golo Kanté

26
149 108
Raphaël Varane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
scruffenstein added Raphaël Varane Defender

27
74 39
Bixente Lizarazu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Bixente Lizarazu Defender

28
62 35
Youri Djorkaeff is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Youri Djorkaeff Forward

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83 42
Blaise Matuidi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Blaise Matuidi Midfielder

30
34 4
Kylian Mbappé is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Kylian Mbappé

31
86 48
Laurent Koscielny is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

32
64 35
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
62 28
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Nicolas Anelka Forward, Midfielder

34
102 69
Dimitri Payet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
uluhan-tepe added Dimitri Payet Forward, Midfielder

35
58 29
Éric Abidal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Éric Abidal Defender, Midfielder

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47 31
Marius Trésor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Marius Trésor Defender

37
40 19
William Gallas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
William Gallas Defender

38
34 24
Manuel Amoros is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Manuel Amoros Defender

39
35 21
Sylvain Wiltord is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Sylvain Wiltord Forward, Midfielder

40
35 21
Willy Sagnol is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Willy Sagnol Defender

41
53 45
Alain Giresse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Alain Giresse Midfielder

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32 23
Basile Boli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Basile Boli Defender

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30 10
Olivier Giroud is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Olivier Giroud Forward

44
28 18
Christophe Dugarry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added Christophe Dugarry Forward, Midfielder

45
34 21
Ludovic Giuly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ludovic Giuly Winger, Forward, Midfielder

46
33 24
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added Frank Leboeuf Defender

47
51 39
Djibril Cissé is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Djibril Cissé Forward

48
25 18
Roger Piantoni is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Roger Piantoni Forward

49
30 20
Florent Malouda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Florent Malouda Midfielder

50
23 16
Patrick Battiston is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Battiston Defender