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List Rules French football (soccer) players only.

Below, you'll see a rank of the greatest 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 that you think should be higher on the list.  Add any French footballer you feel should be in the list.

This list of the greatest (soccer) players from France includes details on positions played along with photos when available. If you're searching for a particular famous French football 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 Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, Raymond Kopa, and Thierry Henry. In fact, Zidane is in the running for being one of the greatest football (soccer) players of all time, regardless of country. But if you're wondering who are the greatest French football (soccer) player of all time, this list is for you. 

You can click on the names of these popular football players of France in order to get more information about each one. If you're a football fan, then you can use this list of the greatest French football (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 Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Midfielder - Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a former French footballer and current coach of Real Madrid Castilla. He played as an attacking midfielder for the French national team, ...more

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Michel Platini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Midfielder - Michel François Platini is a former French football player and manager, and the president of the Union of European Football Associations since 2007. Regarded as one of the greatest ...more

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Raymond Kopa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder - Raymond Kopa is a former French footballer, integral to the French national team of the 1950s. At club level he was part of the legendary Real Madrid team of the 1950s, winning three European ...more

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Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder - Thierry Daniel Henry is a retired French professional footballer, who played as a forward. He played for Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and spent eight years at Arsenal where he ...more

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Jean-Pierre Papin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward - Jean-Pierre Papin is a former French professional football player who was European Footballer of the Year in 1991. Papin achieved his greatest success while playing for Olympique Marseille ...more

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Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder - Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry, also known as Bilal Yusuf Mohammed as an adopted name since his conversion in 2006 to Islam, is a French footballer currently playing for German Bundesliga ...more

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Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Goalkeeper - Fabien Alain Barthez is a French former footballer who won honours as a goalkeeper with Marseille, Manchester United and the French national team, with whom he won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and ...more

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Kylian Mbappé is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Kylian Mbappé Forward - Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. Mbappé came into prominence at an early ...

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Just Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward - Just "Justo" Fontaine is a retired French football player best known for being the record holder for most goals scored in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup, with 13 in 1958. In ...more

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Raphaël Varane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Defender - Raphaël Varane is a French footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the French national team, as a central defender. He previously played for French club Lens and, ahead of the ...more

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Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Midfielder - Paul Labile Pogba is a French professional footballer who plays for Italian club Juventus in Serie A. He operates primarily as a central midfielder and is comfortable at playing both in attack ...more

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Marius Trésor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Defender - Marius Trésor is a retired football defender from France, who was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers. Trésor's career began with the French club ...more

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Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder - Marcel Desailly is a retired French footballer and star of the France national football team squad, with whom he won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. He also enjoyed a distinguished career at ...more

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Laurent Blanc is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Defender - Laurent Robert Blanc is a French football manager, former player and currently the manager of Paris Saint-Germain. He has the nickname Le Président, which was given to him following his ...more

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Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward - Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the French national football team as a striker. He is described as an "immensely talented ...more

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Jean-Pierre Adams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Defender - Jean-Pierre Adams is a French former international footballer. Along with Marius Trésor, he was a member of the garde noire as France's centre back. Since 17 March 1982, he has been in a ...more

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Sylvain Wiltord is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder - Sylvain Wiltord is a French former footballer who played as a winger. Highlights of his club career included his four-season spell at Arsenal, with whom he won two Premier League titles and two ...more

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Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Midfielder - Patrick Vieira is a retired French footballer who is the Manager of the Reserves squad at Premier League club Manchester City, known as the Elite Development Squad. He rose to prominence during ...more

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Jean Tigana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Midfielder - Jean Amadou Tigana is a former French international footballer, having played in midfield and managed professional football extensively throughout France, including 52 appearances and 1 goal for ...more

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Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder - Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona is a French actor and former international footballer for the French national team. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, ...more

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Nabil Fekir is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Nabil Fekir is a French-Algerian football player.

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Didier Deschamps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Midfielder - Didier Claude Deschamps is a retired French footballer and current manager of France. He played as a defensive midfielder for such clubs as Chelsea, Juventus and Marseille. In this position, he ...more

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Jean Vincent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward - Jean Vincent was a former French international footballer and manager.

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Jean-Alain Boumsong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Defender - Jean-Alain Boumsong-Somkong is a French football defender, a France national team former player. He is known for his physical strength, pace and reading of the game.

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David Trezeguet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward - David Sergio Trezeguet is a French retired footballer. Trezeguet began his career with Club Atlético Platense at the age of eight, progressing through their youth system to their first ...more

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Robert Pirès is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Midfielder - Robert Emmanuel Pirès is a French footballer who plays for FC Goa in the Indian Super League. He is a former French international footballer and is best known for his time with Arsenal, ...more

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Olivier Giroud is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward - Olivier Giroud is a French footballer who plays for English club Arsenal in the Premier League and the France national team. He plays as a striker and is known for his size, physical style of ...more

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Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder - Antoine Griezmann is a French footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid mainly as a forward. He began his career at Real Sociedad, where he spent five seasons before ...more

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Olivier Blondel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Olivier Blondel Goalkeeper - Olivier Blondel is a French professional football player. Currently, he plays in the Ligue 1 for Toulouse FC.

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William Gallas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Defender - William Éric Gallas is a retired French footballer who played most of his footballing career in England - notably all London teams - before finishing his career in Australia with A-League ...more

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Vincent Estève is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Vincent Estève Defender - Vincent Estève is a retired professional French footballer who played defender. He played for AS Cannes, FC Nantes, SC Toulon.

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Steve Mandanda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Goalkeeper - Steve Mandanda is a French international footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for French club Marseille in Ligue 1, where he serves as first-choice captain. Mandanda played for Le Havre and is ...more

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Vincent Guignery is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Vincent Guignery Vincent Guignery is a French left-back who currently plays for RC Strasbourg. He previously played professionally in Ligue 2 for FC Martigues, and he has also represented a number of other ...more

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Youri Djorkaeff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward - Youri Raffi Djorkaeff is a former French international footballer who played as a forward or as an attacking midfielder. With the French national team, Djorkaeff won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and ...more

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Olivier Rouyer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward - Olivier Rouyer is a retired football striker from France. He earned seventeen international caps for the French national team during the late 1970s and early 1980s. A player of AS Nancy, he was ...more

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Olivier Sorin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Olivier Sorin Goalkeeper - Olivier Sorin is a French footballer who currently plays as goalkeeper for Rennes in the French Ligue 1.

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Jean-Guy Wallemme is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Defender - Jean-Guy Wallemme is a former French footballer. He was a mainstay of the RC Lens team which won the French championship in 1998. In August 2011 he took over the Republic of Congo national team. ...more

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Samuel Umtiti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Defender - Samuel Umtiti is a French footballer who plays for French club Lyon in Ligue 1. He plays as either a central defender or a left back. Umtiti is a France youth international having represented ...more

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Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes Goalkeeper - Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes is a former football goalkeeper from France, who earned eleven international caps for the French national team during the 1970s and was part of the French team in the ...more

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Jean-Jacques Marcel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Jean-Jacques Marcel Midfielder - Jean-Jacques Marcel was a French international footballer who played midfielder. He was an integral part of the French national teams of the 1950s.

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Léa Le Garrec is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Léa Le Garrec Léa Le Garrec is a French football player who currently plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain of the Division 1 Féminine. Le Garrec plays as a midfielder and has been active ...more

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Marcel Langiller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Marcel Langiller Forward - Marcel Langiller was a French footballer and is an Olumpian. He played in a striker role, and was nicknamed "La Caille".

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Vincent Péricard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Vincent Péricard Forward - Vincent de Paul Péricard is a French-Cameroonian former professional football player, who played in France with Saint-Étienne and in Italy with Juventus before moving to England, ...more

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Christophe Vincent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Christophe Vincent Midfielder - Christophe Vincent is a French footballer who plays as a midfielder for SC Bastia.

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Marcel Pinel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Marcel Pinel Marcel Pinel was a French footballer.

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Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Goalkeeper - Hugo Lloris is a French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Tottenham Hotspur and is the captain of the France national team. Lloris is described as a goalkeeper ...more

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Olivier Kapo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder - Narcisse-Olivier Kapo-Obou, known as Olivier Kapo, is a French footballer who is currently playing for Ekstraklasa club Korona Kielce. He plays as a left winger.

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Vincent Candela is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Defender - Vincent Philippe Antoine Candela; born 24 October 1973, is a former French footballer. With the French national team, Candela won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, as well as Euro 2000. Candela was a ...more

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Vincent Durand is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Vincent Durand Midfielder - Vincent Durand is a French football midfielder who currently plays for Carquefou.

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Vincent Laban is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest French Football (Soccer) Players of All Time
Vincent Laban Midfielder - Vincent Fabien Laban Bounayre is a French-born Cypriot international footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Liga I club Astra Giurgiu. After playing for over seven years in Cyprus, ...more