Famous French Football Players

Find out more about the greatest French Football Players, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Anthony Martial, Zinedine Zidane, Karim Benzema and Thierry Henry.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry.
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Famous As: French football Coach
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Les Ulis, Essonne, France

A football coach, Thierry Henry began his career as a player with Monaco team and later also played for Arsenal and Barcelona. A lethal striker, he became a record goal scorer for both France and Arsenal. He played a crucial role in the French victory in 1998 FIFA World Cup and Arsenal’s win in Premier League and the FA Cup.

 2 Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bondy

Regarded as one of the best footballers of the current generation, Kylian Mbappé became only the second teenager to score a goal in the final game of a World Cup. Known for his explosive speed and dribbling skills, Mbappé made an impact at a young age. Very mature for his age, he also believes in giving back to society.

 3 Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lagny-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne

Paul Pogba is a prominent football player for the English club Manchester United; in 2016 he was transferred from Juventus to Manchester United for a then-world record transfer fee of £89.3 million, which remains the highest paid fee by any English club. Also an important member of the France national team, he helped France win the 2018 World Cup.

 4 Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona.
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Famous As: Actor & Football Player
Birthdate: May 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Marseille

Eric Cantona is a French actor, filmmaker, and former football player. During his playing career, Cantona was a key player for the popular football club Manchester United and is often credited with reviving the club's reputation as a footballing force. Nicknamed King Eric by Manchester United fans, Eric Cantona continues to enjoy an iconic status within the club.

 5 Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mâcon

Antoine Griezmann is a French football player. A key member of the France national team, Antoine Griezmann helped his team win the 2018 FIFA World Cup by scoring a goal and assisting another in France's 4-2 win against Croatia. Also an esports enthusiast, Griezmann launched an esports organisation called Grizi Esport in 2020.

 6 Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Castellane, Marseille, France

Amongst the greatest footballers of all time, Zinedine Zidane led France to victories in the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000. Later, the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year took up the position of Real Madrid manager and carved yet another success story by winning major titles like Champions League and UEFA Super Cups.

 7 N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
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 8 Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chambéry

Olivier Giroud is a football player and a prominent member of the France national team. He played a key role in helping his team win the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Thanks to his popularity, Giroud has been a major media personality in France, with appearances in commercials for brands like Hugo Boss and Puma.

 9 Franck Ribéry

Franck Ribéry
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

 10 Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: June 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dakar

 11 Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: October 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bayonne

 12 Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: December 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Massy, Essonne
Footballer Anthony Martial began his career playing for Les Ulis, Lyon, and AS Monaco. He then signed with Manchester United for the highest fee paid to a teenager back then, and won the 2015–2016 FA Cup. He won the Golden Boy Award for the best European player under 21.

 13 Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lyon
French footballer Alexandre Lacazette currently plays as a forward for Arsenal and has previously played for Lyon. He scored the winning goal in France’s win at the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He has also won the FA Cup with Arsenal and the Coupe de France with Lyon.

 14 Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vernon, Eure Vernon, France

 15 Arsène Wenger

Arsène Wenger.
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: October 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Strasbourg
French football manager Arsène Wenger is known for being the longest-tenured and most successful manager of Arsenal, with whom he won the Premier League title thrice. Nicknamed Le Professeur for his serious look, the English Football Hall of Fame inductee is known to encourage young talent in the sport. 

 16 Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: December 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nice, France

 17 Aymeric Laporte

Aymeric Laporte
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Agen

 18 Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Pierre, Réunion, France

 19 Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yaoundé

 20 Leroy Sané

Leroy Sané.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Essen, Germany

Leroy Sané is a German professional football player who played a prominent role in helping Manchester City win the EFL Cup and the Premier League for which he was named PFA Young Player of the Year for the 2017–18 season. Also an important member of the German national team, Sané can also represent France as he also holds French citizenship.

 21 Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 22 Raphaël Varane

Raphaël Varane
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Famous As: French footballer
Birthdate: April 25, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lille

 23 Michel Platini

Michel Platini.
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Famous As: Former French Football Player, Football Administrator
Birthdate: June 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jœuf, France

Michel Platini is a former football player, administrator, and manager. Widely considered one of the greatest football players of all time, this French footballer won the prestigious Ballon d'Or award three times during his glorious playing career. Michel Platini also played a key role as France's national team coach before he was banned from football by the FIFA Ethics Committee.

 24 Marcel Desailly

Marcel Desailly
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accra

 25 Blaise Matuidi

Blaise Matuidi
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toulouse

 26 Lilian Thuram

Lilian Thuram
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, France

 27 Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Le Blanc-Mesnil, France

 28 Adil Rami

Adil Rami
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bastia, France

 29 Laurent Blanc

Laurent Blanc
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alès

 30 Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lyon

 31 Lucas Digne

Lucas Digne
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Meaux

 32 Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 33 André-Pierre Gignac

André-Pierre Gignac
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Martigues

 34 Thomas Lemar

Thomas Lemar
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baie-Mahault

 35 Enzo Fernández

Enzo Fernández
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bordeaux

 36 Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zellwiller

 37 Wissam Ben Yedder

Wissam Ben Yedder
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huéscar

 38 Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges

 39 Kingsley Coman

Kingsley Coman
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 13, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 40 Fabien Barthez

Fabien Barthez
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lavelanet, France

 41 Robert Pires

Robert Pires
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Famous As: Football Player & Coach
Birthdate: October 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reims, France

 42 Bacary Sagna

Bacary Sagna
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sens, France

 43 Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marseille

 44 Jean-Pierre Papin

Jean-Pierre Papin
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Mer

 45 Louis Saha

Louis Saha
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France

 46 Lassana Diarra

Lassana Diarra
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris

 47 David Trezeguet

David Trezeguet
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rouen

 48 Djibril Cissé

Djibril Cissé
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arles

 49 Mathieu Valbuena

Mathieu Valbuena
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bruges

 50 Medhi Benatia

Medhi Benatia
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Courcouronnes, Évry-Courcouronnes, France