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The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

Updated August 25, 2020 62.2k votes 6.2k voters 137.4k views222 items

List RulesFrench 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

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMarseille, France

    NationalityFrance

    Zinedine Yazid Zidane (French pronunciation: ​[zinedin jazid zidan]; born 23 June 1972),...  more

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    Michel Platini

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceJœuf, France

    NationalityFrance

    Michel François Platini (born 21 June 1955) is a French former football player, manager and...  more
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    Thierry Henry

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLes Ulis, France

    NationalityFrance

    Thierry Daniel Henry (French pronunciation: ​[tjɛʁi ɑ̃ʁi]; born 17 August 1977) is a French...  more

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    Raymond Kopa

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceNœux-les-Mines, France

    NationalityFrance

    Raymond Kopa (French pronunciation: ​[ʁɛmɔ̃ kɔpa]; birth name Raymond Kopaszewski; 13 October...  more
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    Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Paris...  more

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    Larbi Benbarek

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    NationalityFrance, Morocco

    Larbi Benbarek or Larbi Ben Mbarek (Arabic: العربي بن مبارك‎ – also known as the Black Pearl;...  more
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    BirthplaceSaintes, Charente-Maritime, France

    NationalityFrance

    Dominique Rocheteau (French pronunciation: ​[dɔminik ʁɔʃəto]; born 14 January 1955) is a...  more
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    Jean Tigana

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBamako, Mali

    NationalityFrance, Mali

    Amadou Jean Tigana (born 23 June 1955) is a former French international footballer, having...  more
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    Antoine Griezmann

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMâcon, France

    NationalityFrance

    Antoine Griezmann (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃twan ɡʁijɛzman]; born 21 March 1991) is a French...  more

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    BirthplaceSainte-Anne, Guadeloupe, Guadeloupe

    NationalityFrance

    Marius Paul Trésor (born 15 January 1950) is a French former professional footballer who...  more
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    BirthplaceMarrakesh, Morocco

    NationalityFrance, Morocco

    Just Louis Fontaine (pronounced [ʒyst fɔ̃.tɛn]; born 18 August 1933) is a retired French...  more
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    Alain Giresse

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLangoiran, France

    NationalityFrance

    Alain Jean Giresse (French pronunciation: ​[alɛ̃ ʒiʁɛs]; born 2 August 1952) is a French...  more
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    BirthplaceSaint-André-Treize-Voies, France

    NationalityFrance

    Maxime Jean Marcel Bossis (French pronunciation: ​[maksim bɔsi]; born 26 June 1955 in...  more
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    BirthplaceLyon, France

    NationalityFrance, Armenia

    Youri Raffi Djorkaeff (French pronunciation: ​[juʁi raffi djɔʁkaɛf]; born 9 March 1968) is a...  more
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    BirthplaceÉtain, France

    NationalityFrance

    Roger Piantoni (26 December 1931 – 26 May 2018) was a French international footballer. He was...  more
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    David Trezeguet

    Forward

    BirthplaceRouen, France

    NationalityFrance, Argentina

    David Sergio Trezeguet (French pronunciation: ​[david sɛʁʒjo tʁezəɡɛ]; born 15 October 1977)...  more
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    BirthplaceLabeuvrière, France

    NationalityFrance

    Jean Vincent (29 November 1930 – 13 August 2013) was a French international footballer and...  more
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    BirthplaceNîmes, France

    NationalityFrance

    Manuel Amoros (born 1 February 1962) is a French former football defender. He was capped 82...  more
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    BirthplaceBoulogne-sur-Mer, France

    NationalityFrance

    Jean-Pierre Roger Guillaume Papin (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ pjɛʁ papɛ̃]; born 5 November...  more
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    Julien Darui

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceOberkorn, Luxembourg

    NationalityFrance, Luxembourg

    Julien Darui (16 February 1916 – 13 December 1987) was a French football goalkeeper, who had...  more
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    Emmanuel Petit

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDieppe, France

    NationalityFrance

    Emmanuel Laurent Petit (French pronunciation: ​[ɛmanɥɛl pəti]; born 22 September 1970) is a...  more
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    BirthplaceLyon, France

    NationalityFrance

    Karim Mostafa Benzema (French pronunciation: ​[kaʁim bɛnzema]; born 19 December 1987) is a...  more
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    Didier Six

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLille, France

    NationalityFrance, Turkey

    Didier Six (born 21 August 1954) is a former French international footballer. He played as a...  more

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    Sylvain Wiltord

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceNeuilly-sur-Marne, France

    NationalityFrance

    Sylvain Claude Wiltord (French pronunciation: ​[wiltoʁ]; born 10 May 1974) is a French former...  more
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    Patrick Vieira

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDakar, Senegal

    NationalitySenegal, France

    Patrick Vieira (born 23 June 1976) is a French professional football head coach and former...  more

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