Football is one of the world’s greatest sports played by the world’s greatest sportsmen. Throughout the decades we have watched some of the greatest football players shine on the field, set new records and set the bar for new players greeting the field for the first time. France is no exception- they’re the reigning World champions and have been one of Europe’s powerhouses in the modern era. Ligue 1 serves as the destination for some of the best up and coming talent in the world, with tons of fine young players regularly coming out of the famed Clarefontaine academy. In fact, football is so popular in France, it is currently ranked as the hottest sport betting trend online.
With that being said, we separate the great from the good and look at some of the best French football stars of all time. Here they are, the limelight once again shining on them.
Former football star and current manager of Real Madrid, Zidane has proven his skill both on and off the field. The skilled French football player has been widely recognized as one of the best soccer players of all time, and his managerial exploits with Real Madrid have only served to embellish his legacy.
Former French footballer, manager and administrator, the football legend has a history of experience under his belt and has been ranked as one of the top 3 footballers of all time. Some of Platini’s achievements includes winning the Ballond’Or three years in a row from 1983 to 1985, he was voted 6th in the Player of the Century ballots and he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in the 80’s. He was the 6th president of the UEFA.
Cantona, AKA ‘The King’, was aptly dubbed as such due to his football career achievements. The footballer won 4 Premier League titles in 5 years and 2 League and FA Cup Doubles, a near impossible accomplishment for any football star in his era.
The retired footballer needs no introduction- Arsenal have still not been able to fill the vacancy caused by his departure. Is currently managing Nice back home in France. Was club captain of the Gunners, part of their Invincibles side and won 3 Premier League titles and 4 FA Cups.
His story is still being written, but Antonine Griezmann is slowly making a name for himself as one of the finest current European players. An age group European champion with France, he was a key figure in their 2018 WC triumph and remains one of Didier Deschamps’ go-to players.
Recently retired French footballer, Henry played for Arsenal for 8 years where he became the club’s record goal scorer and remains one of the Premier League’s legendary forwards. He has also represented the likes of Barca and Juventus.
France continues to churn out great talent, and the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba may find themselves along with these legendary stars if they continue progressing at the rate they are.