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Best French Soccer Players of All Time

France is one of the European countries that has introduced great international players to the world of football, and in this article we intend to introduce the best French soccer players of all time.
Best French Soccer Players of All Time

The France national football team represents France internationally and competes under the auspices of the French Football Federation. This team is a member of UEFA and has participated in the World Cup 15 times.

France plays its home games at the Stade de France in Saint Denis, France.

In 2001, French national team became the first national team to win three major men's titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup and the Olympics.

In designing the uniform of the French national team, three colors of blue, white and red have been used, which is reminiscent of the flag of this country.

Best French Soccer Players of All Time

In the following, after reviewing the honors of French national team, we will provide a list of best French soccer players of all time and share the personal and professional backgrounds of each of these best French footballers ever.

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Honors of French national team

Best French Soccer Players of All Time

As mentioned above, the French national team is one of the most proud national teams in international competitions. One of the team's honors is that in 2001, France was the first national team to win three major men's titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup and the Olympics.

Among the honors of French national team we can mention:

FIFA World Cup

  • Champions (2): 1998, 2018
  • Runners-up: 2006
  • Third place: 1958, 1986
  • Fourth place: 1982

UEFA European Championship

  • Champions (2): 1984, 2000
  • Runners-up: 2016
  • Fourth place: 1960
  • Semi-finals: 1996

FIFA Confederations Cup

  • Champions (2): 2001, 2003

Olympic football tournament

  • Gold Medal (1): 1984
  • Silver Medal: 1900
  • Fourth place: 1920
  • Semi-finals: 1908

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 Best French football players of all time

In the following, we will have a brief overview of the personal and professional characteristics of the greatest French footballers in history in our opinion!

#1 Zinedine Zidane

Best French Soccer Players of All Time

Personal information

  • Full name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane
  • Date of birth: 23 June 1972 (age 48)
  • Place of birth: Marseille, France
  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
  • Playing position(s): Attacking midfielder

Club information

  • Current team: Real Madrid (manager)

Senior career

  • 1989–1992: team: Cannes, Appearances: 61, Goals: 6
  • 1992–1996: team: Bordeaux, Appearances: 139, Goals: 28
  • 1996–2001: team: Juventus, Appearances: 151, Goals: 24
  • 2001–2006: team: Real Madrid, Appearances: 155, Goals: 37

National team

  • 1988–1989: team: France U17, Appearances: 4, Goals: 1
  • 1989–1990: team: France U18, Appearances: 6, Goals: 0
  • 1990–1994: team: France U21, Appearances: 20, Goals: 3
  • 1994–2006: team: France, Appearances: 108, Goals: 31

The first player of the list of the best French footballers ever in our opinion is Zinedine Zidane, known as Zizou, a former French footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He is currently the manager of Real Madrid. Zidane was an amazing game maker, known for his finesse, excellent vision, flawless passes, excellent ball control and technical games.

Among the honors of this brilliant player, the following can be mentioned:

Bordeaux

  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1995

Juventus

  • Serie A: 1996–97, 1997–98
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 1997
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1996
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1996
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 2002–03
  • Supercopa de España: 2001, 2003
  • UEFA Champions League: 2001–02
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2002
  • Intercontinental Cup: 2002

France

  • FIFA World Cup: 1998; runner-up: 2006
  • UEFA European Championship: 2000

Individual

  • French Division 1 Young Player of the Year: 1993–94 / French Division 1 Player of the Year: 1995–96
  • Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year: 1996–97, 2000–01 / Ballon d'Or: Bronze award 1997
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: Bronze award 1997, 2002 / Onze d'Argent: 1997, 2002, 2003
  • FIFA XI: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002 / ESM Team of the Year: 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04
  • UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year: 1998 / L'Équipe International Champion of Champions: 1998
  • L'Équipe France Champion of Champions: 1998 / FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2006
  • World Soccer Awards Player of the Year: 1998 / France Football French Player of the Year: 1998, 2002
  • Onze d'Or: 1998, 2000, 2001 / Ballon d'Or: 1998 / FIFA World Player of the Year: 1998, 2000, 2003
  • El País European Player of the Year: 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 / Onze de Bronze: 1999
  • World Soccer's Selection of the 100 Greatest Footballers of the 20th century: 1999 / Ballon d'Or: Silver award 2000
  • UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament: 2000 / UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2000, 2004
  • Serie A top assist provider: 2000–01 / Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2000–01
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2001, 2002, 2003 / Don Balón Award: 2001–02
  • La Liga Best Foreign Player: 2001–02 / UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2002
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2002 / FIFA 100: 2004
  • UEFA Best European Player of the Past 50 Years: 2004 / FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2005, 2006
  • IFFHS World's Best Playmaker: 2006 / FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2006
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: Silver award 2006 / UNFP Honorary Award: 2007
  • AFS Top-100 Players of All Time #5: 2007 / Marca Leyenda Award: 2008
  • Golden Foot Legends Award: 2008 / ESPN Team of the Decade: 2009
  • ESPN Player of the Decade: 2009 / Fox Sports Player of the Decade: 2009
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009 / Sports Illustrated Player of the Decade: 2009
  • Don Balón Team of the Decade: 2010 / Don Balón Player of the Decade: 2010
  • Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: 2011 / UEFA team of teams: 2011
  • UEFA Champions League Best Player of the Past 20 Years: 2011 / Équipe type spéciale 20 ans des trophées UNFP: 2011
  • Real Madrid Greatest XI of All Time: 2012 / World Soccer Greatest XI of All Time: 2013
  • Real Madrid Hall of Fame: 2014 / UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year (substitute): 2015
  • IFFHS Legends: 2016 / UEFA European Championship All-Time XI: 2016
  • FourFourTwo's Selection of the 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time #8: 2017 / Juventus Greatest XI of All Time: 2017
  • L'Équipe Best French Player of All Time: 2018 

Records as a player

  • The most expensive footballer in history: 2001–2009
  • Oldest player to win the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 34 years and 17 days
  • Most goals scored in FIFA World Cup Final matches: 3 goals
  • Most FIFA World Cup Final matches scored in: 2 matches
  • Most red cards received in FIFA World Cup matches: 2
  • Midfielder with the most appearances in the ESM Team of the Season
  • Only player in history to be named player of the year in 3 of the Top 5 Leagues: Division 1 Player of the Year (1996), Serie A Footballer of the Year (2001), Don Balón Award (2002)
  • Only player in history to win the World Cup and the European Championship while being named best player of both competitions
  • Most Onze d'Or awards: 7 in total
  • Most FIFA World Player of the Year awards: 6 in total

The next player in the list of best French soccer players of all time in our opinion is Michel Platini.

#2 Michel Platini

Best French Soccer Players of All Time
  • Personal information
  • Full namw: Michel François Platin
  • Date of birth: 21 June 1955 (age 65)
  • Place of birth: Jœuf, France
  • Height: 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
  • Playing position(s): Attacking midfielder

Senior career

  • 1972–1979: team: Nancy, Appearances: 181, Goals: 98
  • 1979–1982: team: Saint-Étienne, Appearances: 104, Goals: 58
  • 1982–1987: team: Juventus, Appearances: 147, Goals: 68

National team

  • 1975–1976: team: France Olympic, Appearances: 7, Goals: 4
  • 1976–1987: team: France, Appearances: 72, Goals: 41
  • 1988: team: Kuwait, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0

The second player of best French players in football history in our opinion is Michel Platini, a former French footballer known as one of the best players in the history of football. After retiring from football, he managed the French national team.

Platini is known as one of the best passers in the history of football and a specialist in penalties and free kicks. He was a fast, smart striker with ball control skills, dribble skills, creativity and great passes. In addition to being an excellent scorer, he created many scoring opportunities for his teammates.

 His honor list is as follows:

Nancy

  • Coupe de France: 1977–78
  • Division 2: 1974–75

Saint-Étienne

  • Division 1: 1980–81
  • Coupe de France runner-up: 1980–81, 1981–82

Juventus

  • Serie A: 1983–84, 1985–86
  • Coppa Italia: 1982–83
  • European Cup: 1984–85; runner-up: 1982–83
  • European Cup Winners' Cup: 1983–84
  • European Super Cup: 1984
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1985

France

  • UEFA European Championship: 1984
  • Artemio Franchi Trophy: 1985
  • FIFA World Cup third place: 1986
  • 1976 Pre-Olympic Zone European

Individual

  • Ballon d'Or: 1983, 1984, 1985 / Onze d'Or: 1983, 1984, 1985
  • Onze d'Argent: 1977 / IOC European Footballer of the Season: 1983–84, 1984–85
  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 1984, 1985 / UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament: 1984
  • UEFA European Championship Top Scorer: 1984 / UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1984
  • French Player of the Year: 1976, 1977 / French Player of the Century: 1999
  • L'Équipe French Champion of Champions: 1977, 1984 / FIFA XI: 1979
  • Guerin d'Oro: 1984 / Capocannoniere (Serie A Top Scorer): 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85
  • European Cup Top Scorer: 1984–85 / Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player of the Match Award: 1985
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1982, 1986 / FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • World Team of the 20th Century: 1998 / FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2002
  • Italian Football Hall of Fame member / Artemio Franchi Prize
  • Golden Foot: 2004, as football legend / FIFA 100
  • UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: #9 / Premio internazionale Giacinto Facchetti: 2011
  • Globe Soccer Awards Player Career Award: 2012 / IFFHS Legends
  • Juventus Greatest XI of All Time: 2017

The next player in the list of best French soccer players of all time in our opinion is Thierry Henry.

#3 Thierry Henry

Best French Soccer Players of All Time

Personal information

  • Full name: Thierry Daniel Henry
  • Date of birth: 17 August 1977 (age 43)
  • Place of birth: Les Ulis, France
  • Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Club information

  • Current team: Montreal Impact (manager)

Senior career

  • 1994–1999: team: Monaco, Appearances: 105, Goals: 20
  • 1999: team: Juventus, Appearances: 16, Goals: 3
  • 1999–2007: team: Arsenal, Appearances: 254, Goals: 174
  • 2007–2010: team: Barcelona, Appearances: 80, Goals: 35
  • 2010–2014: team: New York Red Bulls, Appearances: 122, Goals: 51
  • 2012: team: → Arsenal (loan), Appearances: 4, Goals: 1

National team

  • 1997: team: France U20, Appearances: 5, Goals: 3
  • 1997–2010: team: France, Appearances: 123, Goals: 51

The next player in the list of best French football players of all time in our opinion is Thierry Henry, a former French player who is currently the manager of the Montreal Impact Premier League football club. He is one of the greatest strikers in the history of football and according to many experts is the greatest player in the history of the Premier League.

He was an impressive striker with the ability to play fast forward, swallowing spectacular goals in unique situations, with exceptional shots and exceptional composure. His honors are as follows:

Monaco

  • Division 1: 1996–97

Arsenal

  • Premier League: 2001–02, 2003–04
  • FA Cup: 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
  • FA Community Shield: 2002, 2004
  • UEFA Cup runner-up: 1999–2000
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2005–06

Barcelona

  • La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Copa del Rey: 2008–09
  • Supercopa de España: 2009
  • UEFA Champions League: 2008–09
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2009
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2009

New York Red Bulls

  • Supporters' Shield: 2013

France

  • FIFA World Cup: 1998; runner-up: 2006
  • UEFA European Championship: 2000
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 2003

Individual

  • Ballon d'Or runner-up: 2003;[208] third-place: 2006 / FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver Award: 2003, 2004
  • UNFP Division 1 Young Player of the Year: 1996–97 / PFA Players' Player of the Year: 2002–03, 2003–04
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2000–01 Premier League, 2001–02 Premier League, 2002–03 Premier League, 2003–04 Premier League, 2004–05 Premier League, 2005–06 Premier League
  • PFA Team of the Century (1907–2007):
    • Team of the Century 1997–2007
    • Overall Team of the Century
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06 / Premier League Player of the Season: 2003–04, 2005–06
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06 / Premier League top assist provider: 2002–03
  • Golden Boot Landmark Award 10: 2004–05 / Golden Boot Landmark Award 20: 2004–05
  • Premier League Player of the Month: April 2000, September 2002, January 2004, April 2004
  • BBC Goal of the Season: 2002–03 / UEFA Team of the Year: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
  • MLS Best XI: 2011, 2012, 2014 / MLS Player of the Month: March 2012
  • Best MLS Player ESPY Award: 2013 / MLS All-Star: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Onze d'Or: 2003, 2006 / European Golden Boot: 2003–04, 2004–05
  • French Player of the Year: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 / IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year: 2003
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2006 / FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: Germany 2006
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: France 2003 / FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe: France 2003
  • UEFA European Football Championship Team of the Tournament: 2000 / FIFA 100 : 2004
  • Time 100 Heroes & Pioneers no.16 : 2007 / English Football Hall of Fame : 2008
  • Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 – 2001–02)
    • Overseas Team of the Decade
  • Premier League 20 Seasons Awards
    • Fantasy Team (Panel choice)
    • Fantasy Team (Public choice)
  • UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year (published 2015) / UEFA Euro All-time XI (published 2016)

The next player in the list of best French soccer players of all time in our opinion is Raymond Kopa.

#4 Raymond Kopa

Best French Soccer Players of All Time

Personal information

  • Full name: Raymond Kopaszewski
  • Date of birth: 13 October 1931
  • Place of birth: Nœux-les-Mines, France
  • Date of death: 3 March 2017 (aged 85)
  • Place of death: Angers, France
  • Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
  • Playing position(s): Attacking midfielder

Senior career

  • 1949–1951: team: Angers, Appearances: 60, Goals: 15
  • 1951–1956: team: Reims, Appearances: 158, Goals: 48
  • 1956–1959: team: Real Madrid, Appearances: 79, Goals: 24
  • 1959–1967: team: Reims, Appearances: 244, Goals: 36

National team

  • 1952–1962: team: France, Appearances: 45, Goals: 18

Next player of greatest French soccer players ever in our opinion is Raymond Kopa, a French footballer who had a permanent place in the French national team in the 1950s. Often known as one of the best players of his generation, he was a fast and dribble player.

His honor list is as follows:

Reims

  • Division 1: 1952–53, 1954–55, 1959–60, 1961–62
  • Latin Cup: 1953
  • Division 2: 1965–66

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 1956–57, 1957–58
  • European Cup: 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59
  • Latin Cup: 1957

France

  • FIFA World Cup third place: 1958

Individual

  • Ballon d'or: 1958; runner-up: 1959; Third place: 1956 and 1957 / FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1958
  • Etoile d'Or: 1960 / French Player of the Year: 1961
  • FIFA XI: 1963 / World Soccer World XI: 1963
  • World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time / Golden Foot: 2006, as a football legend
  • UEFA President's Award: 2010 / FIFA 100

The next player in the list of best French soccer players of all time in our opinion is Just Fontaine.

#5 Just Fontaine

Best French Soccer Players of All Time

Personal information

  • Full name: Just Louis Fontaine
  • Date of birth: 18 August 1933 (age 87)
  • Place of birth: Marrakech, French Morocco
  • Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 1950–1953: team: USM Casablanca, Appearances: 48, Goals: 62
  • 1953–1956: team: Nice, Appearances: 69, Goals: 43
  • 1956–1962: team: Reims, Appearances: 131, Goals: 122

National team

  • 1953–1960: team: France, Appearances: 21, Goals: 30

Next player of the list of greatest French footballers in history in our opinion is Just Fontaine, a retired French professional footballer. During his professional football career, he played as a striker. He is best known for scoring 13 goals in six matches at the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

 Among his honors we can mention:

Stade de Reims

  • French Division 1: 1955–56, 1957–58, 1959–60, 1961–62
  • Coupe de France: 1953–54, 1957–58
  • Trophée des Champions: 1958, 1960
  • European Cup: runner-up 1958–59

Individual

  • Golden Foot: 2003, as a football legend
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: 1958
  • French Division top scorer (2): 1957–58, 1959–60
  • European Cup top scorer: 1958–59

The next player in the list of best French soccer players of all time in our opinion is Eric Cantona.

#6 Eric Cantona

Best French Soccer Players of All Time

Personal information

  • Full name: Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona
  • Date of birth: 24 May 1966 (age 54)
  • Place of birth: Marseille, France
  • Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Playing position(s): Forward

Senior career

  • 1983–1988: team: Auxerre, Appearances: 82, Goals: 23
  • 1985–1986: team: → Martigues (loan), Appearances: 15, Goals: 4
  • 1988–1991: team: Marseille, Appearances: 40, Goals: 13
  • 1989: team: → Bordeaux (loan), Appearances: 11, Goals: 6
  • 1989–1990: team: → Montpellier (loan), Appearances: 33, Goals: 10
  • 1991: team: Nîmes, Appearances: 16, Goals: 2
  • 1992: team: Leeds United, Appearances: 28, Goals: 9
  • 1992–1997: team: Manchester United, Appearances: 143, Goals: 64

National team

  • 1987–1995: team: France, Appearances: 45, Goals: 20
  • 1997–2006: team: France (beach)

The next player in the list of best French footballers ever in our opinion is Eric Cantona, a former French footballer who was very popular during his professional football career. In addition to playing football, he has also worked as an actor, director and producer, and was a fast and accurate striker who always scored points for his team.

His honors are as follows:

Auxerre

  • Coppa delle Alpi: 1986–87

Marseille

  • Division 1: 1988–89, 1990–91

Montpellier

  • Coupe de France: 1989–90

Leeds United

  • Football League First Division: 1991–92
  • FA Charity Shield: 1992

Manchester United

  • Premier League: 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97
  • FA Cup: 1993–94, 1995–96
  • FA Charity Shield: 1993, 1994, 1996

International

  • Euro Beach Soccer League: 2004
  • FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: 2005

Individual

  • Division 1 Rookie of the Year: 1987 / Ballon d'Or – Third Place: 1993
  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 1993–94 / PFA Players' Player of the Year: 1993–94
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 1995–96 / Onze d'Or: 1996
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1995–96 / Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02)
  • Overseas and Overall Team of the Decade / Overseas Player of the Decade
  • Inducted into the inaugural English Football Hall of Fame: 2002 / UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: No. 42
  • FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers: 2004 / PFA Team of the Century (1907–2007):
  • Team of the Century 1997–2007 / Overall Team of the Century
  • Football League 100 Legends / Golden Foot Legends Award: 2012
  • UEFA President's Award: 2019

The next place in the list of best French soccer players of all time in our opinion is Lilian Thuram.

#7 Lilian Thuram

Best French Soccer Players of All Time

Personal information

  • Full name: Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien
  • Date of birth: 1 January 1972 (age 48)
  • Place of birth: Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • Height: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
  • Playing position(s): Defender

Senior career

  • 1991–1996: team: Monaco, Appearances: 155, Goals: 8
  • 1996–2001: team: Parma, Appearances: 163, Goals: 1
  • 2001–2006: team: Juventus, Appearances: 144, Goals: 1
  • 2006–2008: team: Barcelona, Appearances: 41, Goals: 0

National team

  • 1994–2008: team: France, Appearances: 142, Goals: 2

The next player in the list of best French players in football history in our opinion is Lilian Thuram, a former French footballer who played as a defender during his professional football career. He was a fast, powerful and versatile player, who, in addition to being able to play as a center-back and right-back, also had the ability to play offensively. He was elected UNICEF Ambassador in 2010 and has been active in the fight against racism.

His honors are as follows:

Monaco

  • Coupe de France: 1990–91

Parma

  • Coppa Italia: 1998–99
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 1999
  • UEFA Cup: 1998–99

Juventus

  • Serie A: 2001–02, 2002–03
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2002, 2003

Barcelona

  • Supercopa de España: 2006

France

  • FIFA World Cup: 1998
  • UEFA European Championship: 2000
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 2003

Individual

  • French Player of the Year: 1997 / Guerin d'Oro: 1997
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball: 1998 / FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2006
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1998–99, 2002–03 / UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2000
  • FIFA 100: 2004 / FIFPro World XI: 2006
  • Trophée d'honneur UNFP: 2009 / Équipe type spéciale 20 ans des trophées UNFP: 2011

The next player in the list of best French soccer players of all time in our opinion is Didier Deschamps.

#8 Didier Deschamps

Best French Soccer Players of All Time

Personal information

  • Full name: Didier Claude Deschamps
  • Date of birth: 15 October 1968 (age 51)
  • Place of birth: Bayonne, France
  • Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
  • Playing position(s): Defensive midfielder

Club information

  • Current team: France (manager)

Senior career

  • 1985–1989: team: Nantes, Appearances: 111, Goals: 4
  • 1989–1994: team: Marseille, Appearances: 123, Goals: 6
  • 1990–1991: team: → Bordeaux (loan), Appearances: 29, Goals: 3
  • 1994–1999: team: Juventus, Appearances: 124, Goals: 4
  • 1999–2000: team: Chelsea, Appearances: 27, Goals: 0
  • 2000–2001: team: Valencia, Appearances: 13, Goals: 0

National team

  • 1988–1989: team: France U21, Appearances: 18, Goals: 0
  • 1989–2000: team: France, Appearances: 103, Goals: 4

Next player in the list of best French football players of all time in our opinion is Didier Deschamps, a former French professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder during his career. He has been the manager of the French national team since 2012. He was a smart and hard-working defensive player who specialized in taking possession of the ball from the opponent and starting new attacks. He was also known for his tactical intelligence, adaptability and leadership as a footballer.

His honors with Everton are:

Marseille

  • Division 1: 1989–90, 1991–92
  • UEFA Champions League: 1992–93

Juventus

  • Serie A: 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98
  • Coppa Italia: 1994–95
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 1995, 1997
  • UEFA Champions League: 1995–96; runner-up: 1996–97, 1997–98
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1996
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1996
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999

Chelsea

  • FA Cup: 1999–2000

Valencia

  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2000–01

France

  • FIFA World Cup: 1998
  • UEFA European Championship: 2000

Individual

  • Division 1 Rookie of the Year: 1989 / French Player of the Year: 1996
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1996 / FIFA 100: 2004
  • The Dream Team 110 years of OM: 2010 / Golden Foot Award Legends: 2018

The next player in the list of best French soccer players of all time in our opinion is Jean-Pierre Papin.

#9 Jean-Pierre Papin

Best French Soccer Players of All Time

Personal information

  • Full name: Jean-Pierre Roger Guillaume Papin
  • Date of birth: 5 November 1963 (age 56)
  • Place of birth: Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
  • Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Club information

  • Current team: C'Chartres Football (manager)

Senior career

  • 1984–1985: team: Valenciennes, Appearances: 33, Goals: 15
  • 1985–1986: team: Club Brugge, Appearances: 31, Goals: 20
  • 1986–1992: team: Marseille, Appearances: 215, Goals: 134
  • 1992–1994: team: Milan, Appearances: 40, Goals: 18
  • 1994–1996: team: Bayern Munich, Appearances: 27, Goals: 3
  • 1996–1998: team: Bordeaux, Appearances: 55, Goals: 22
  • 1998–1999: team: Guingamp, Appearances: 10, Goals: 3
  • 1999–2001: team: Saint-Pierroise, Appearances: 27, Goals: 13

National team

  • 1986–1995: team: France, Appearances: 54, Goals: 30

Next player of our list of greatest French soccer players ever in our opinion is Jean-Pierre Papin, a former French professional footballer who played as a striker during his professional football career. Papin was known for his ability to score, hit and shoot.

During his 17 years of professional football, most of which were spent in major European leagues, he scored nearly 350 goals in more than 620 games.

 His honor list is as follows:

Club Brugge

  • Belgian Cup: 1985–86

Marseille

  • Division 1: 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92
  • Coupe de France: 1988–89
  • European Cup runner-up: 1990–91

Milan

  • Serie A: 1992–93, 1993–94
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 1992, 1993
  • UEFA Champions League: 1993–94; runner-up: 1992–93

Bayern Munich

  • UEFA Cup: 1995–96

France

  • Kirin Cup: 1994
  • FIFA World Cup third place: 1986

Individual

  • Division 1 top scorer 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92
  • Onze de Bronze: 1989, 1990, 1992 / European Cup top scorer: 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92
  • Onze d'Or: 1991 / Ballon d'Or: 1991
  • FIFA World Player of the Year Silver award: 1991
  • IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year: 1991
  • Goal of the Year (Germany): 1995 / FIFA XI: 1997, 1998, 1999
  • FIFA 100: 2004 / Named Joueur du Siècle (player of the century) of Olympique de Marseille
  • Équipe type spéciale 20 ans des trophées UNFP: 2011
  • Golden Foot: 2013, as football legend / The Dream Team 110 years of OM: 2010

And finally, the last player in the list of best French soccer players of all time in our opinion is David Trezeguet.

#10 David Trezeguet

Best French Soccer Players of All Time

Personal information

  • Full name: David Sergio Trezeguet
  • Date of birth: 15 October 1977 (age 42)
  • Place of birth: Rouen, France
  • Height: 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 1994–1995: team: Platense, Appearances: 5, Goals: 0
  • 1995–2000: team: Monaco, Appearances: 93, Goals: 52
  • 2000–2010: team: Juventus, Appearances: 245, Goals: 138
  • 2010–2011: team: Hércules, Appearances: 31, Goals: 12
  • 2011: team: Baniyas, Appearances: 3, Goals: 0
  • 2012–2013: team: River Plate, Appearances: 35, Goals: 16
  • 2013–2014: team: Newell's Old Boys, Appearances: 24, Goals: 7
  • 2014: team: Pune City, Appearances: 9, Goals: 2

National team

  • 1998–2008: team: France, Appearances: 71, Goals: 34

The last player of our list of greatest French footballers in history in our opinion is David Trezeguet, a former French footballer who played as a striker. He was a capable, complete and talented striker, with strength, instinct to play and a great view of the goal, who excelled in using opportunities and stray balls with opportunism. He was also known for his desire to score acrobatic goals. He is considered one of the best strikers of his generation.

Some of his honors are:

AS Monaco

  • Division 1: 1996–97, 1999–2000
  • Trophée des Champions: 1997

Juventus

  • Serie A: 2001–02, 2002–03
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2003
  • Serie B: 2006–07

River Plate

  • Primera B Nacional: 2011–12

XO FC

  • EE Wembley Cup: 2018

France

  • FIFA World Cup: 1998
  • UEFA European Championship: 2000

Individual

  • FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Shoe: 1997 / UNFP Division 1 Young Player of the Year: 1997–98
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2001 / Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2001–02
  • Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year: 2001–02 / Serie A Top Goalscorer: 2001–02
  • FIFA 100 / Golden Foot: 2015 (Under the category of "Football Legend")
  • Juventus Greatest XI of All Time: 2017

In this article we had a brief look on the best French soccer players of all time in our opinion. In the next articles we will review top soccer players of other European countries.

 

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