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Best Paris Saint-Germain players of all time

Mon 23 November 2020 | 14:30

A look at the Best Paris Saint-Germain players of all time including the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the three Brazilians, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Neymar.

Established in the latter decades of the twentieth century,

Paris Saint Germain

was not considered a top team in Europe until the beginning of the current century, first with the arrival of the likes of Ronaldinho and later when Qatari investors took control of the club and turned the team into one of the world leading brands.

Paris saint-Germaine has been dominating the domestic competitions in the last decade, winning 7 out of the possible 10 titles. The fact they only had won the league twice before the start of 2010 decade says a lot about the Qatari's influence in the history of the club.

PSG had the best season of its history in 2019-20 when they won the domestic double as well as reaching the Uefa Champions League Final for the first time in their history. They were beaten by Bayern Munchen in the final, they are still one of the world best teams and will be looking to go even further in the coming seasons.

In this article we present you with the list of

Best Paris Saint-Germain players of all time

.

Everything about the Best Paris Saint-Germain players of all time

A look at the career, stats and achievement of the Best Paris Saint-Germain players of all time from the likes of

Zlatan

and Cavani to all the Brazilian stars of their History including Ronaldinho, Neymar, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.

Bernard Lama - Goalkeeper

Born in Guiana, Bernard Lama moved to France in 1981 to pursue his dream in the football industry. After short spells with

Lille

, Metz and Lens, Lama joined PSG in 1992 and during his impressive 8 seasons with the Parisians he established himself as one of the

Best Paris Saint-Germain players ever

.

Lama played 250 games for Paris Saint-Germain and was the team's best goalkeeper after the legendary Joel Bats. He won the Coupe de France twice (1993 and 1995), and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1996.

Barcelona was in talks with PSG hoping to sign Lama on a permanent deal, but he decided to stay. The decision paid backwards as he lost his place in the starting eleven after receiving a two month ban for using Cannabis. Lama left PSG in 2000 and retired from football one year later.

Sylvain Armand – Defender

A star in his country, Sylvian Armand was born in France on August 1980. He started his career in 1999 with Clermont before joining PSG in 2004. After two challenging seasons, Armand regained his best form and was named PSG player of the season in 2006-2007.

Armand was a key player for all of PSG managers in his last four seasons at the club. In total, he won one league title, two

Coupe de France

titles and one Coupe de la Ligue in 2008.

With 380 games across all competitions, Sylvain Armand is the second all-time record holder for appearance in PSG history. In total he scored 12 goals and provided 16 assists in his beloved team. Armand left Paris Saint-Germain at 2013.

Marquinhos-Defender

The first Brazilian in the list of Best Paris Saint-Germain footballers of all time, Marquinhos joined PSG in 2012 alongside his Brazilian national teammate,

Thiago Silva

. They built an amazing partnership at the heart of PSG defense for the next 8 seasons

In total, Marquinhos scored 25 goals in 283 games PSG. He also won 22 titles and was included in Ligue 1 Team of the Year twice (2017-2018) and UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season (2019-2020). Surely an incredible resume for one of the best Paris Saint-Germain players of all time.

Thiago Silva-Defender

Thiago Silva joined PSG in 2012-2013 and during his 8 season spell at Paris, he won a total of 22 titles and reached UCL's semi-final in 2019-2020 season. He played 317 games and scored 17 goals for Paris Saint Germaine.

Silva was selected in FIFA FIFPro World11 and UEFA Team of the Year three times during his career with PSG. He decided to put an end to his hugely successful spell at PSG at the end of 2019-20 season and joined England giant,

Chelsea

.

Silva is considered as one of the best Paris Saint-Germain players of all time and many believe the Parisians will have a hard time replacing him as his leadership had an immense influence on and off the field.

Safet Susic - Midfielder

One of the All-time Best Paris Saint-Germain Players, Safet Susic arrived at PSG in 1982 and played for them for the next 9 seasons.

Safet Susic is the third in the third player with most appearances PSG History with 344 appearances, a record he shares with Paul Le Guen. Susic was an excellent goal scorer and managed to register 85 goals and 95 assists to his name in his 287 games for PSG between 1982 and 1991.

Susic was such a key player for PSG that in 2010 France Football selected him as the best PSG player of all time. He won two major titles with the club and was also rewarded as 

Ligue 1

 Foreign Player of the Year in the 1982–83 season.

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Paul Le Guen- Midfielder

One of the Best ever Paris Saint-Germain players, Paul Le Guen won a total of 8 titles with Paris Saint-Germain including three Coupe de France, two Coupe de la Ligue and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in the 1995-96 season.

Paul Le Guen played 344 games and scored 24 goals for PSG in his 7 year spell at the club. He is the third player with most games in the history of Paris Saint-Germain, joined with Safet Susic.

Rai- Midfielder

The 1994 World Cup winner, Rai joined PSG in 1993 and played a key role for the club in the next five seasons. The Brazilian holding midfielder was influential and won 7 titles with PSG to prove himself as one of the best Paris Saint-Germain Players of all time.

Rai's highest accomplishment with PSG was winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1996. In the second leg he scored twice in a 3–1 home win against

Parma

. In 1997–98 Rai scored in both the Coupe de la Ligue and the Coupe de France finals against Bordeaux and Lens respectively as PSG won both games.

Angel Di Maria- Midfielder

The argentine winger joined PSG from Manchester United in 2015.He scored his first goal for PSG in a 2–0 win over Malmo in the Champions League.

Di Maria

set a new Ligue 1 record for assists in his first season with 18.

Di Maria scored a goal and made an assist in the 3-0 win against Leipzig in the semi-final of the 2019-20 UCL. As of October 2020 Di Maria has played 148 games for PSG, scoring 48 goals along the way. He is one of All-time greatest Paris Saint-Germain players.

Marco Verratti- Midfielder

Marco Verratti arrived at PSG in 2012 and has been an ever present figure in PSG games during the past 8 seasons. He has played 205 games for the club and has scored 5 goals. He has been selected in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year seven times.

Verratti

has won an incredible 25 titles with Paris Saint-Germain including seven Ligue 1 titles. Despite strong interests from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Verratti decided to stay at PSG. He is rightly considered as one of the

All-time Best players at Paris Saint-Germain

.

Luis Fernandez- Midfielder

Luis Fernandez signed his first professional contract at age 19 with PSG. During his nine seasons with the club, Fernandez won two consecutive Coupe de France titles in 1982 and 1983 as well as the French Division 1 title in 1986.

In total, he played over 220 games and scored 30 goals. He was chosen as the French player of the year in 1986. Fernandez started his managerial career after retiring and coached PSG on two spells. A true legend and one of the

Best players in Paris Saint-Germain history

.

Ronaldinho- Midfielder

Despite playing at PSG for only three seasons, Ronaldinho is considered by many as one of the

Greatest Paris Saint-Germain players of all time

. Ronaldinho Joined PSG in 2000. He scored 25 goals and made 17 assists in 77 games in his three seasons with the club. The Brazilian magician won the heart of all the football fans around the world with his delighted smile and dribbling skills.

Ronaldinho won the UEFA Intertoto Cup with

Paris Saint-Germain

in 2001, his most prestigious title with the club. He is truly one of the Best Paris Saint-Germain Players of all time.

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George Weah-Forward

The only African native player ever with a Ballon d'Or, George Weah started his career at his homeland, Liberia before moving to France. After a short spell with

Monaco

, Weah joined PSG in 1992 and played at Paris for the next three season.

Weah's spell with PSG was highly successful as he won many titles including Coupe de France (1993 and 1995), the French league in 1994, and the Coupe de la Ligue in 1995.  His biggest achievement though was becoming the top scorer of the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League, with seven goals, including an amazing solo goal against Bayern Munich.

In total Weah played 133 games and scored 56 for PSG across all competition to establish himself as one of the

Best footballers in history of Paris Saint-Germain

.

Edinson Cavani

The best goal scorer in the history of PSG,

Edinson Cavani

in without a doubt among the Greatest Paris Saint-Germain players of all time. The Uruguayan joined PSG from Napoli in 2013 and went on to score a total of 200 goals in 301 appearances for his beloved team.

Despite his amazing stats, Cavani was often used as a second striker behind the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and later, Neymar. He lost his place in the starting eleven in his last season at PSG and subsequently left for Manchester United in the summer of 2020.

In total Cavani won 19 titles with Paris Saint-Germain and was Ligue 1 top scorer on two seasons. He also won the Golden Shoe in 2018. Cavani is surely one of the

All-time greatest Paris Saint-Germain players

.

Neymar-Forward

Ever since his controversial move from 

Barcelona 

to PSG in 2017, Neymar has been under pressure at Paris to guide them to European glory and justify his label as the most expensive player in football history.

Neymar suffered two serious injuries in the latter stages of his first two seasons at Paris, resulting to PSG elimination from UCL in both seasons. Amazingly, the Brazilian had the best season of his spell at PSG after the club refused his public request to go back to Barcelona in the summer of 2019.

Neymar was unstoppable in the 2019-20 season, guiding PSG to their first ever

UCL

final. In total, he has scored 72 goals in 88 appearances across all competitions and has won 8 trophies including three consecutive Ligue 1 titles. He has shown that he can be considered among the

Best Paris Saint-Germain footballers of all time

.

Kylian Mbappe-Forward

Widely regarded as one of the most promising stars of today's football,

Kylian Mbappe

joined PSG in 2017 after a sensational spell with Monaco. He was an instant success at PSG and scored 21 goals in 44 games in his first season with the club.

He formed a telepathic partnership with Neymar in the front line of PSG and scored 39 and 30 goals in his second and third seasons. In total, Mbappe has scored 92 goals in 127 games for the Parisians. No wonder he is considered among the Best Paris Saint-Germain players ever despite being only 21 years old.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic-Forward

The charismatic Sweden striker is known for his boastful character and leadership ability on the field and he certainly did not disappoint his fans at PSG. Zlatan arrived at Paris in 2012 and was instrumental for the club in the first stages of Qatari's reign.

Zlatan spent four seasons with PSG, his longest with any club since leaving

Ajax

in 2005. In total he played 180 games and scored 156 goals across all competitions for PSG. He also won 12 titles with the Parisians including four consecutive Ligue 1 titles.

Zlatan became the Ligue 1 Top scorer in three of his four seasons at PSG and also won the award for best Ligue 1 goal of the year in 2014. A never ending star and definitely one of the Best players in Paris Saint-Germain history.

Jay Jay Okocha

France has always been a great place for African players to demonstrate their potential and show the world how good they are. One of the greatest African stars in League1 history is Jay-Jay Okocha. The Nigerian born in 1973, started his European career in Germany while 17. After shining in Bundesliga's Eintracht Frankfurt and a remarkable spell at Fenerbahce, Okocha moved to Paris Saint-Germain for an African record of 14 million pounds.

He made 84 League appearances for PSG and scored 12 goals. The skillful player, called African Maradona, also served as a mentor for young Ronaldinho during his time in Paris. He won Trophée des Champions in 1998 and UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2001 with Parisians. Okocha is considered a successful African player in the national team.

He won the Africa Cup of Nations and Summer Olympic Games with the Nigeria national team, relatively in 1994 and 1996. This arguably best Nigerian player in history has been named Footballer of the Year in his nation seven times. Furthermore, he was entitled BBC African Footballer of the Year both in 2003 and 2004. Jay-Jay Okocha was selected as the best player and top scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations in the latter.

Pedro Pauleta

Next on the list of PSG LEGENDS OF ALL TIME is Pedro Pauleta. The Portuguese born in 1973 might not be a shining young talent in his opening years of playing. However, he turned into a goalscoring attacker in Estoril, Deportivo La Cruna, and Bordeaux, which led to his move to France's capital. At Paris Saint-Germain, the veteran Pauleta expressed outstanding performance and spent successful years.

He scored 109 goals in 211 matches played for the Paris side, and he is also a 3-time League1 topscorer. Pedro won two Coupe de France trophies and a single Coupe de la League with PSG. Pauleta was selected two times as the League1 footballer of the year by the professional football players' national union. In Portugal's national team, Pauleta scored 47 goals in 88 matches, which puts him before great names like Eusebio or Luis Figo. Only the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more national goals than Pedro Pauleta for the European Selecao.

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David Ginola

The next name in the list of PSG Legends of all time is a player who earned much experience in French and English football leagues, but his longest time and best stats were in Paris. Born in 1967, David Ginola started his senior career at 18 and joined Paris Saint-Germain in 1992. 

He spent three seasons at the club and won a division1 trophy besides three other domestic titles. In Paris Saint-Germain, he made 141 appearances and scored 40 goals as a midfielder and winger. Ginola became the 1993 French Player of the Year and was selected as the French Division 1 Player of the Year, thanks to his 1993-94 season performance. 

After PSG, his individual honors continued while he entered the FIFA XI in 1996 and was named 

Tottenham Hotspur

 Player of the Year in 1998 and PFA Players' Player of the year in 1998-99. After retiring from football, Ginola entered the cinema world as an actor.

Claude Makelele

Claude Makelele is one of the Greatest Players in the History of Paris Saint-Germain, although he has spent the last years of his football life in this club. Makelele is arguably one of the best players in his position in football history. An aggressive midfielder who served as a weight for his team in the middle of the field.

Makelele won many domestic titles in Real Madrid and Chelsea. Furthermore, he won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and Intercontinental Cup with Real Madrid in 2002. His only trophy at PSG was the 2009-10 Coupe de France. This Chelsea's 2005 Players' Player of the year, made 71 caps for France national team and was a member of the finalist team in 2006 World Cup. Good to know that Claude Makelele has been PSG's assistant coach from 2011 to 2013 after retiring from football. He has also served as head coach in Bastia and Eupen so far.

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