French football is among the best and most prominent in the world , as confirmed by the victory of the French team in 2018, the second time it won the trophy, 20 years after doing it the first time. Although the country has given great stars for a long time , as we will see in this list with the best French footballers in history.
10- Laurent Blanc
The technique that this central defender distilled made him able to occupy other positions on the field , even feeling comfortable as a winger.
After debuting and spending 8 seasons with his first team, Montpelier, he signed for Naples, although he did not stand out among Italians and returned to France. There he did start to be noticed and signed for FC Barcelona , with whom he won a Spanish Super Cup, a King’s Cup and a European Cup Winners’ Cup, although Fáil did not have it due to injuries. After a season he decided to go back to France to play more games at Olympique, and thus be able to play the World Cup with the national team in 98.
His sports career ended up playing for the English at Manchester United
9- Karim Benzema
A member of the “BBC” that has given Real Madrid great afternoons, he has spent his entire career between the white club and the team with which he debuted, Olympique de Lyon. In both clubs he has achieved several titles , in addition to individual recognitions, such as 9 nominations for the Ballon d’Or.
8- Jean-Pierre Papin
The mythical Pelé included him in his list of the 100 most outstanding players , and achieved third place in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, scoring 2 goals in the competition. He went through such well-known teams as Belgian Bruges, Italian Milan or Bayern Munich , as well as French clubs such as Olympique, among others. He won the Ballon d’Or in 1991 .
Outstanding left winger, who reached the world runner-up with the French national team, this player’s career has passed through 4 countries: France, Turkey, Italy and Germany, where he played with Bayern and achieved 9 leagues, 6 cups, 5 super cups, a league cup, Champions, European Super Cup and World Cup , becoming an idol for the club’s fans. He also has a Turkish Cup and an Intertoto , achieved with Olympique de Marseille.
6- Eric Cantoná
Although he is often remembered for his bad temper, no one can doubt that he is one of the best players ever born in France. His career has been spread between his native country and England, winning several titles with Olympique de Marseille, Leeds and Manchester United. She is inducted into the English Premier’s Hall of Fame.
5- Thierry Henry
Known especially among the Spanish for his time at FC Barcelona, with whom he made history by being part of the only team that has managed to win all the titles of the year , with his team he also achieved great things, such as a World Cup, a European Championship and a Confederations Cup . He was a candidate for the Ballon d’Or on several occasions and the top scorer in Europe twice .
4- Just Fontaine
Remembered for being the top scorer in a World Cup with 13 goals, Fotaine was born in Marrakech, which at that time was a French protectorate and allowed him to play under that nationality. He played for low-profile teams today, but his scoring nose makes fans remember him as one of the best footballers in French history.
3- Raymond Kopa
Di Stefano’s Real Madrid partner , at the white club he had to reinvent himself to adapt to a new position, although this was not an inconvenience to shine as he did. Once he had the ball at his feet, he didn’t lose it. The best team of the 20th century owes its name in part to Kopa’s participation in just 3 seasons, creating a lethal lead alongside Di Stéfano, Gento and Puskas.
2- Michel Platini
Standing out for his quality since he was just a child, Platini caught the attention of several teams in a very short time, especially after the 1976 Olympics. Saint-Étienne, and later Juventus de Turin, with whom he signed after his participation in the 1982 World Cup in Spain , were the teams that managed to enjoy their game. With the Italians he won a Champions League, European Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup, and the Intercontinental . At an individual level, he has 3 Ballons d’Or , in consecutive years.
1- Zinedine Zidane
Almost everyone without exception agrees that Zidane is the best French player of all time. In the 1998 documentary Les Yeux dans le Bleus his two goals are recorded in the final of the World Cup in France. He also won the Eurocup in 2000 , defeating the Spanish, Portuguese and Italians, becoming the World and European champion in a row.
Elegant when it came to passing and finishing, after going from France to Italy he became a star wearing the Real Madrid shirt, where he played until the end of his career, and being part of the best football line-up in history without discussion. .