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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
600 198
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
493 231
Michel Platini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Michel Platini Midfielder

4
399 186
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Eric Cantona Forward, Midfielder

5
273 121
Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Vieira Midfielder

6
246 108
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
301 187
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
219 123
Lilian Thuram is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Lilian Thuram Defender

9
242 141
Just Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Just Fontaine Forward

10
165 82
Laurent Blanc is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Laurent Blanc Defender

11
159 78
Robert Pirès is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Robert Pirès Midfielder

12
182 94
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Marcel Desailly Defender, Midfielder

13
168 71
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Paul Pogba Midfielder

14
171 95
Jean-Pierre Papin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

15
186 108
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
136 66
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Claude Makélélé Midfielder

17
83 35
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper

18
80 40
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
131 80
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Fabien Barthez Goalkeeper

20
133 75
Didier Deschamps is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Didier Deschamps Midfielder

21
202 146
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Karim Benzema Forward

22
49 16
Emmanuel Petit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Emmanuel Petit Midfielder

23
118 84
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
73 37
Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrice Evra Defender, Midfielder

25
57 29
Bixente Lizarazu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Bixente Lizarazu Defender

26
46 26
Youri Djorkaeff is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Youri Djorkaeff Forward

27
80 57
Jean Tigana is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Jean Tigana Midfielder

28
54 25
Blaise Matuidi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Blaise Matuidi Midfielder

29
66 35
Laurent Koscielny is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

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47 20
Éric Abidal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Éric Abidal Defender, Midfielder

31
79 55
Dimitri Payet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
uluhan-tepe added Dimitri Payet Forward, Midfielder

32
42 18
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Nicolas Anelka Forward, Midfielder

33
46 28
David Ginola is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added David Ginola Forward, Midfielder

34
31 19
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
8 0
N'golo Kanté is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
N'golo Kanté

36
28 15
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added Frank Leboeuf Defender

37
27 13
Ludovic Giuly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ludovic Giuly Winger, Forward, Midfielder

38
27 13
Willy Sagnol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Willy Sagnol Defender

39
25 12
Florent Malouda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Florent Malouda Midfielder

40
25 12
William Gallas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
William Gallas Defender

41
26 17
Manuel Amoros is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Manuel Amoros Defender

42
45 38
Alain Giresse is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Alain Giresse Midfielder

43
26 15
Sylvain Wiltord is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Sylvain Wiltord Forward, Midfielder

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44
20 12
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
24 17
Basile Boli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Basile Boli Defender

46
26 17
Bacary Sagna is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Bacary Sagna Defender

47
19 11
Patrick Battiston is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Battiston Defender

48
40 33
Djibril Cissé is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Djibril Cissé Forward

49
19 15
Roger Piantoni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Roger Piantoni Forward

50
20 13
Philippe Mexès is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Philippe Mexès Defender