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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
594 198
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
492 229
Michel Platini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Michel Platini Midfielder

4
397 185
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Eric Cantona Forward, Midfielder

5
271 121
Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Vieira Midfielder

6
243 105
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
296 186
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
217 123
Lilian Thuram is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Lilian Thuram Defender

9
241 140
Just Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Just Fontaine Forward

10
166 69
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Paul Pogba Midfielder

11
158 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
180 93
Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Marcel Desailly Defender, Midfielder

13
163 82
Laurent Blanc is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Laurent Blanc Defender

14
185 107
Raymond Kopa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Raymond Kopa Forward, Midfielder

15
168 95
Jean-Pierre Papin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

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16
133 66
Claude Makélélé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Claude Makélélé Midfielder

17
81 34
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper

18
133 73
Didier Deschamps is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Didier Deschamps Midfielder

19
201 144
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
pablocrub added Karim Benzema Forward

20
78 40
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
129 80
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Fabien Barthez Goalkeeper

22
48 15
Emmanuel Petit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Emmanuel Petit Midfielder

23
116 83
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
71 36
Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrice Evra Defender, Midfielder

25
53 23
Blaise Matuidi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Blaise Matuidi Midfielder

26
55 29
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
45 25
Youri Djorkaeff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Tom Šmíd added Youri Djorkaeff Forward

28
65 34
Laurent Koscielny is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

29
79 56
Jean Tigana is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Jean Tigana Midfielder

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30
79 52
Dimitri Payet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
uluhan-tepe added Dimitri Payet Forward, Midfielder

31
45 19
Éric Abidal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Éric Abidal Defender, Midfielder

32
40 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
30 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
44 28
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
26 15
Frank Leboeuf is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added Frank Leboeuf Defender

36
26 16
Manuel Amoros is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Manuel Amoros Defender

37
26 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
26 13
Willy Sagnol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Willy Sagnol Defender

39
24 12
Florent Malouda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Florent Malouda Midfielder

40
45 37
Alain Giresse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Alain Giresse Midfielder

41
24 12
William Gallas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
William Gallas Defender

42
20 11
Christophe Dugarry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
bradley-lothian-singer added Christophe Dugarry Forward, Midfielder

43
23 16
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

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44
25 15
Sylvain Wiltord is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Sylvain Wiltord Forward, Midfielder

45
19 10
Patrick Battiston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Patrick Battiston Defender

46
20 11
Philippe Mexès is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Philippe Mexès Defender

47
40 32
Djibril Cissé is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Djibril Cissé Forward

48
19 14
Roger Piantoni is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Roger Piantoni Forward

49
25 17
Bacary Sagna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Bacary Sagna Defender

50
12 5
Sidney Govou is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Sidney Govou Forward, Midfielder