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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
908 232
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
704 225
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
459 217
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Eric Cantona Forward, Midfielder

4
549 271
Michel Platini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Michel Platini Midfielder

5
327 147
Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Vieira Midfielder

6
317 139
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
345 214
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
212 106
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Marcel Desailly Defender, Midfielder

9
255 147
Lilian Thuram is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Lilian Thuram Defender

10
192 96
Laurent Blanc is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Laurent Blanc Defender

11
182 91
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
190 107
Jean-Pierre Papin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

13
261 158
Just Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Just Fontaine Forward

14
207 121
Raymond Kopa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Raymond Kopa Forward, Midfielder

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15
211 103
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Paul Pogba Midfielder

16
151 75
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Claude Makélélé Midfielder

17
107 45
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper

18
96 49
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
65 23
Emmanuel Petit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Emmanuel Petit Midfielder

20
145 92
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Fabien Barthez Goalkeeper

21
144 84
Didier Deschamps is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Didier Deschamps Midfielder

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221 165
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Karim Benzema Forward

23
90 48
Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrice Evra Defender, Midfielder

24
133 97
Raphaël Varane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
scruffenstein added Raphaël Varane Defender

25
91 64
Jean Tigana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Jean Tigana Midfielder

26
65 37
Bixente Lizarazu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Bixente Lizarazu Defender

27
68 35
Blaise Matuidi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Blaise Matuidi Midfielder

28
54 24
Éric Abidal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Éric Abidal Defender, Midfielder

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29
53 34
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

30
73 42
Laurent Koscielny is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

31
50 23
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Nicolas Anelka Forward, Midfielder

32
54 33
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
40 25
Marius Trésor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Marius Trésor Defender

34
34 6
N'golo Kanté is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

35
87 65
Dimitri Payet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
uluhan-tepe added Dimitri Payet Forward, Midfielder

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33 16
William Gallas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
William Gallas Defender

37
31 19
Manuel Amoros is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Manuel Amoros Defender

38
31 17
Ludovic Giuly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ludovic Giuly Winger, Forward, Midfielder

39
27 18
Basile Boli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Basile Boli Defender

40
30 21
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added Frank Leboeuf Defender

41
48 41
Alain Giresse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Alain Giresse Midfielder

42
29 17
Willy Sagnol is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Willy Sagnol Defender

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28 16
Florent Malouda is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Florent Malouda Midfielder

44
23 15
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
22 16
Roger Piantoni is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Roger Piantoni Forward

46
27 18
Sylvain Wiltord is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Sylvain Wiltord Forward, Midfielder

47
43 35
Djibril Cissé is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Djibril Cissé Forward

48
15 2
Kylian Mbappé is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

49
20 14
Patrick Battiston is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

50
28 23
Bacary Sagna is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Bacary Sagna Defender