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Best Ligue 1 midfielders of all time

Thu 27 January 2022 | 5:30

Ligue 1 is one of the most outstanding leagues throughout the world and many brilliant footballers have played for the French clubs. In this article today, we are going to have a look at the best Ligue 1 midfielders of all time. Stay with us and keep reading.

As you already know, France is a country with an outstanding system of football and Ligue 1 is one of the high-rank leagues in the world. The national team of France is one of the most successful national teams with 2 World Cup titles and many brilliant football players have always been from this country.

The Ligue 1 clubs, such as Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon and Marseille, have been among the greatest clubs in the world of football and have trained many eye-catching players from the past times up to now. Among these players, there are midfielders who have played an important role in this sport, like Zidane, Platini, etc. In the following article, we are going to have a look at the

Best Ligue 1 midfielders in history

. Stay with us to know about the career of these midfielders.

Best Ligue 1 midfielders ever

Without any other words, now it is time to go over the

best Ligue 1 midfielders of all time

. Stay tuned!

Rai Souza Vieira de Oliveira

The first name on our list for the best Ligue 1 midfielders of all time is the Brazilian former footballer Rai Souza Vieira de Oliveira, who is often called Rai. This retired midfielder was born in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil on 15 May 1965. He began his career at Botafogo-SP in 1984 and played there until 1987, although he was loaned to Ponte Preta in 1986.

Rai then joined

Sao Paulo

, where he kicked the ball until 1993. After that, this former footballer went to France to play for

Paris Saint-Germain

and played there for 8 years. In 1998, Rai turned to Sau Paulo, where he finished his career in 2000.

This Brazilian midfielder won 1 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, 6 Campeonato Paulista, 2 Copa Libertadores, and 1 Intercontinental Cup with Sau Paulo and 1 Ligue 1 title, 2 Coupe de France, 1 Trophee des Champions, and 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup with Les Parisiens (The Parisians).

Abedi Pele

The next name among the best Ligue 1 midfielders of all time is

Abedi Pele

. Born in Kibi, Eastern Region, Ghana on 5 November 1964, he took his first steps in the world of football at Great Falcons in 1970. He played there until 1978 and then joined Real Tamale United in 1980, where he played until 1982. Pele then moved to Qatar to play for Al Sadd, although he left there after only 1 season.

In 1983, this Ghanaian retired footballer signed with Zurich, however, he moved to Dragons l’Oueme in the next year. in 1985, Pele moved back to Real Tamale United and after a short time, he joined Niort. After the 1986/87 season, this former midfielder joined Mulhouse and not long after his signing, he moved to

Marseille

.

Abedi Pele played for Marseille from 1987 until 1993 and was loaned to

Lille

from 1988 until 1990. This former footballer joined Lyon in 1993 and kicked the ball for them for 1 season. He then played for Torino, 1860 Munich, and Al Ain and ended his career in 2000.

Pele won 2 Ligue 1 titles, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UAE Pro League, and 1 UAE President’s Cup during his career as a footballer. Let’s move on to the next name among the best Ligue 1 midfielders ever.

Didier Deschamps 

The next footballer among the

best Ligue 1 midfielders of all time

is

Didier Deschamps

. Born in Bayonne, France on 15th October 1968, this former player and current manager began playing football at Aviron Bayonnais in 1980. He played there until 1983 and then joined

FC Nantes

. In 1984, his senior career started and he kicked the ball for FC Nantes until 1989.

In 1989, Deschamps signed with Marseille, however, he joined Girondins Bordeaux after only 1 season. In 1991, Dede moved back to Marseille and kicked the ball there for 3 years. Then he signed with

Juventus

, where he played for 5 seasons.

In 1999, Deschamps joined

Chelsea

and after 1 season, he moved to

Valencia

, where he finished his career in 2001. During his managerial career, Dede worked at AS Monaco, Juventus, Marseille, and the national team of France.

This French retired footballer and current coach won 2 Champions League titles, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Ligue 1, 3 Serie A, 1 Coppa Italia, 2 Supercoppa Italiana, 1 FA Cup, and 1 FA Community Shield, 1 World Cup, and 1 European Championship title as a footballer. As a manager, Dede has won 1 World Cup title, 1 European Championship, 1 Ligue 1, 2 Trophee des Champions, and 1 Serie B title.  

Safet Susic

Safet Susic is also on our list for the best Ligue 1 midfielders of all time. This football manager and former player was born in Zavidovici, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina on 13 April 1955. At the youth level, Susic played for Krivaja and Sarajevo. In 1973, his senior career started and he kicked the ball for Sarajevo until 1982.

In 1982, Susic signed with PSG, where he played for 9 years. In 1991, he joined Red Star and ended his career in 1992. As a manager, Susic, has managed Cannes, Istanbulspor, Al Hilal, Konyaspor, Ankaragucu, Caykur Rizespor, Ankaraspor, the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Evian, Alanyaspor, and Akhisarspor.

This retired midfielder won 1 Ligue 1 title and 1 Coupe de France with PSG as a player and 1 Turkish Super Cup with Akhisarspor as a manager.

Juninho Pernambucano

The next name among the best Ligue 1 midfielders of all time is the former footballer, Juninho Pernambucano. Born in Recife, Brazil on January 30, 1975, he started his professional career at Sport Recife in 1991. After 3 years of playing for this club, Juninho moved to CR Vasco da Gama, where he kicked the ball for 7 years.

In 2001, this retired footballer joined

Lyon

. After 8 years of playing for this club, Juninho moved to Qatar to play for Al Gharafa, where he kicked the ball until 2011. After that, he returned to CR Vasco da Gama and after only 1 season, he signed with New York Red Bulls. Finally, Juninho joined CR Vasco da Gama once more and finished his career in 2013.

 During his career as a footballer, Juninho Pernambucano won 1 Pernambuco State Championship title and 1 Copa do Nordeste with Sport Recife, 2 Brazilian Serie A titles, 1 Campeonato Carioca, 1 Copa Libertadores, 1 Torneio Rio-Sao Paulo, 1 Copa Mercosur, 1 Trophee Palma de Majorque, and 1 Copa do Brasil with CR Vasco da Gama and 7 Ligue 1 titles, 1 Coupe de France, and 6 Trophee des Champions with Lyon and 1 Qatar Stars League title with Al Gharafa.

Jean Tigana

The next footballer on our list for the best Ligue 1 midfielders in history is

Jean Tigana

, a retired football player and manager. He was born in Bamako, Mali on 23 June 1955 and played for ASPTT Marseille, SO Les Caillols, and Cassis during his youth career. Tigana’s senior career started at Toulon in 1975 and played for this club until 1978.

In 1978, this former midfielder joined Lyon, where he kicked the ball for 3 seasons and then moved to

Bordeaux

. Tigana played for this club until 1989 and signed with Marseille, where he ended his career in 1991.

During his managerial career, Jean Tigana managed Lyon, Monaco, Fulham, Besiktas, Bordeaux, and Shanghai Shenhua. He won 5 Ligue 1 titles, 2 Coupe de France, and 1 European Championship titles a footballer.

As a manager, Tigana won 1 Ligue 1 and 1 Trophee des Champions, 1 Premier League, 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup, 2 Turkish Cup, and 1 Turkish Super Cup title.

Alain Giresse

The next footballer among the best Ligue 1 midfielders of all time is the former footballer and current manager, Alain Giresse. He was born in Langoiran, France on 2 August 1952. Giresse started his professional career at Bordeaux in 1970 and played for this club for 16 years. This retired midfielder won 2 Ligue 1 titles and 1 Coupe de France with Bordeaux.

In 1986, Giresse joined Marseille, where he played until 1988 and finished his career as a footballer. It is interesting to know that he won 1 European Championship with the national team of France.

During his managerial career, Alain Giresse has managed Toulouse, Paris Saint-Germain, FAR Rabat, and the national teams of Georgia, Gabon, Mali, Senegal, and Tunisia. As a manager, he has won 1 Trophee des Champions with PSG, and 1 Coupe du Trone with FAR Rabat, which is a Moroccan club.

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

is also one of the

best Ligue 1 midfielders of all time

. This former footballer and current coach was born in Marseille, France on 23 June 1972. Zizou kicked the ball for AS Foresta, US Saint-Henri, SO Septemes-les-Vallons, and Cannes during his junior career.

In 1989, the senior career of this outstanding career started and he played for Cannes until 1992. Zizou then joined Bordeaux, where he played for 4 years and won 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup. In 1996, Zidane moved to Juventus, where he won 2 Serie A titles, 1 Supercoppa Italiana, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, and 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

This brilliant footballer joined Real Madrid in 2001 after 5 years of playing for the Old Lady. During 5 years of kicking the ball for The Whites, Zidane won 1 La Liga title, 2 Supercopa de Espana, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 Intercontinental Cup. He finished his career at this club in 2006. This former footballer also won 1 European Championship with the national team of France.

Zinedine Zidane was the Manager of Real Madrid once from 2016 until 2018 and once again from 2019 until 2021. During his coaching career, he won 2 La Liga titles, 2 Supercopa de Espana, 3 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Super Cup, and 2 FIFA Club World Cup titles.

Michel Platini   

The next footballer on our list for the

best Ligue 1 midfielders ever

is

Michel Platini

. Born in Joeuf, France on 21 June 1955, this retired footballer took his first steps in the world of football at AS Joeuf in 1966 and played there for 6 years.

In 1972, Platini joined AS Nancy, where he kicked the ball until 1979 and then moved to AS Saint-Etienne. This outstanding midfielder played for this club for 3 seasons. in 1982, Platini signed with Juventus, where he ended his career in 1987.

Michel Platini won 1 Ligue 1 title, 1 Coupe de France, 1 Coppa Italia, 1 European Cup Winner’s Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 Club World Cup, and 1 European Championship during his career as a footballer.

Raymond Kopa

The last name among the best Ligue 1 midfielders of all time is the former footballer,

Raymond Kopa

. He was born in Noeux-les-Mines, France on 13 October 1931 and passed away in Angers on 3 March 2017. This former French player started playing football at Noeux-les-Mines and played there from 1941 until 1949. His senior career started as he joined Angers in 1949, where he kicked the ball for 2 years.

In 1951, Kopa moved to Reims and played for this club until 1956. Then he joined Real Madrid and after 3 seasons of kicking the ball for The Whites, he moved back to Reims, where he finished his career in 1967.

During his career, Raymond Kopa won 1 Ligue 2 title, 4 Ligue 1 titles, 2 La Liga, and 3 Champions League titles.

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