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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
546 180
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
458 207
Michel Platini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Michel Platini Midfielder

4
365 173
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Eric Cantona Forward, Midfielder

5
253 113
Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Vieira Midfielder

6
214 90
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
204 112
Lilian Thuram is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Lilian Thuram Defender

8
275 171
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

9
229 134
Just Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Just Fontaine Forward

10
140 56
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Paul Pogba Midfielder

11
150 76
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
169 89
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Marcel Desailly Defender, Midfielder

13
159 90
Jean-Pierre Papin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

14
154 80
Laurent Blanc is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Laurent Blanc Defender

15
177 106
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
119 64
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Claude Makélélé Midfielder

17
193 138
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Karim Benzema Forward

18
126 71
Didier Deschamps is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Didier Deschamps Midfielder

19
68 30
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper

20
71 38
David Trezeguet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added David Trezeguet Forward

21
111 77
Raphaël Varane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
scruffenstein added Raphaël Varane Defender

22
120 79
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Fabien Barthez Goalkeeper

23
61 28
Laurent Koscielny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

24
43 14
Emmanuel Petit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Emmanuel Petit Midfielder

25
48 19
Blaise Matuidi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Blaise Matuidi Midfielder

26
73 47
Dimitri Payet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
uluhan-tepe added Dimitri Payet Forward, Midfielder

27
60 32
Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrice Evra Defender, Midfielder

28
49 28
Bixente Lizarazu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Bixente Lizarazu Defender

29
38 23
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

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30
71 55
Jean Tigana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Jean Tigana Midfielder

31
37 17
Éric Abidal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Éric Abidal Defender, Midfielder

32
39 25
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
26 18
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
31 16
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Nicolas Anelka Forward, Midfielder

35
24 16
Manuel Amoros is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Manuel Amoros Defender

36
22 12
Ludovic Giuly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ludovic Giuly Winger, Forward, Midfielder

37
22 13
Willy Sagnol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Willy Sagnol Defender

38
20 11
Florent Malouda is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Florent Malouda Midfielder

39
20 14
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added Frank Leboeuf Defender

40
41 37
Alain Giresse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Alain Giresse Midfielder

41
19 10
William Gallas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
William Gallas Defender

42
18 9
Mathieu Valbuena is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Mathieu Valbuena Midfielder

43
23 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 16
Basile Boli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Basile Boli Defender

45
17 10
Patrick Battiston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Battiston Defender

46
17 10
Philippe Mexès is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Philippe Mexès Defender

47
17 14
Roger Piantoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Roger Piantoni Forward

48
17 18
Bernard Lama is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Bernard Lama Goalkeeper

49
16 11
Christophe Dugarry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added Christophe Dugarry Forward, Midfielder

50
35 32
Hatem Ben Arfa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Hatem Ben Arfa Midfielder