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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
956 249
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
737 237
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
577 279
Michel Platini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Michel Platini Midfielder

4
480 227
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Eric Cantona Forward, Midfielder

5
342 159
Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Vieira Midfielder

6
343 148
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
359 227
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
228 116
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Marcel Desailly Defender, Midfielder

9
203 100
Laurent Blanc is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Laurent Blanc Defender

10
201 108
Jean-Pierre Papin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

11
191 94
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
264 153
Lilian Thuram is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Lilian Thuram Defender

13
268 160
Just Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Just Fontaine Forward

14
211 122
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
223 111
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Paul Pogba Midfielder

16
155 78
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Claude Makélélé Midfielder

17
115 48
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper

18
74 26
Emmanuel Petit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Emmanuel Petit Midfielder

19
99 52
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
152 95
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Fabien Barthez Goalkeeper

21
232 172
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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22
146 87
Didier Deschamps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Didier Deschamps Midfielder

23
94 49
Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrice Evra Defender, Midfielder

24
96 65
Jean Tigana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Jean Tigana Midfielder

25
139 102
Raphaël Varane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
scruffenstein added Raphaël Varane Defender

26
43 7
N'golo Kanté is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

27
68 37
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
73 38
Blaise Matuidi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Blaise Matuidi Midfielder

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29
23 2
Kylian Mbappé is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

30
56 25
Éric Abidal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Éric Abidal Defender, Midfielder

31
55 34
Youri Djorkaeff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Youri Djorkaeff Forward

32
79 45
Laurent Koscielny is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

33
52 24
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Nicolas Anelka Forward, Midfielder

34
56 33
David Ginola is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added David Ginola Forward, Midfielder

35
42 25
Marius Trésor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Marius Trésor Defender

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36
91 66
Dimitri Payet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
uluhan-tepe added Dimitri Payet Forward, Midfielder

37
32 19
Manuel Amoros is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Manuel Amoros Defender

38
34 17
William Gallas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
William Gallas Defender

39
32 17
Ludovic Giuly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ludovic Giuly Winger, Forward, Midfielder

40
31 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
49 41
Alain Giresse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Alain Giresse Midfielder

42
31 18
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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43
28 19
Basile Boli is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Basile Boli Defender

44
28 17
Florent Malouda is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Florent Malouda Midfielder

45
24 16
Christophe Dugarry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added Christophe Dugarry Forward, Midfielder

46
29 19
Sylvain Wiltord is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Sylvain Wiltord Forward, Midfielder

47
23 7
Olivier Giroud is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Olivier Giroud Forward

48
22 16
Roger Piantoni is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Roger Piantoni Forward

49
44 37
Djibril Cissé is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Djibril Cissé Forward

50
21 14
Patrick Battiston is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time