Famous French Sportspersons

France may be famous for its exquisite locations, awesome weather conditions, lip-smacking croissants and appetizing red wine but that is not what France is all about. Sports in France are as intrinsic to its culture as is French history. Though soccer is the most played sport in France, French do excel in other sports such as tennis, wrestling, rugby, handball, basketball and the famous French Tour de France cycling. Athletes of France have time and again proved that the country houses some of the best sports person of the world who are amongst the most talented and skilled lot. Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Letizi, Thierry Henry, Raymond Kopa are legendary soccer players who require no formal introduction on the world football forum. They have been French football’s glitzing stars and have been responsible for much of the success of the France national football team. French tennis saw the greats like Amelie Mauresmo, Mary Pierce, Stephanie Cohen Aloro, Marion Bartoli and Pierre Darmon grab the country an enviable position in world tennis scene. Other prominent French sports stars include Andre the Giant - wrestler, Sarah Abitbol – figure skater, Jessica Fox – slalom canoer and Jeannie Longo Ciprelli – cyclist. With this segment, discover some interesting facts about the life of French sports stars.

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 1 Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French

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.

 2 André the Giant

André the Giant
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: January 27, 1993

André the Giant was one of the most popular French wrestlers ever to appear in WWF. He stood over seven feet tall due to a condition aptly called gigantism, but used his condition to gain popularity. Also an actor, André the Giant continues to be one of the most recognizable faces in the world, several years after his death.

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 3 Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French

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 Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

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.

 5 Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry
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Famous As: French football Coach
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French

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.

 6 N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
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 7 Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
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 8 Leroy Sané

Leroy Sané
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German, French

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.

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 9 Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

 10 Franck Ribéry

Franck Ribéry
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
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 11 Nicolas Anelka

Nicolas Anelka
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: March 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French

 12 Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona
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Famous As: Actor & Football Player
Birthdate: May 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French

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.

 13 Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
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 Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French, Senegalese

 15 Samuel Umtiti

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

 16 Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: December 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French

 17 Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: June 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French, Senegalese

 18 Jules Bianchi

Jules Bianchi
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Famous As: F1 Driver
Birthdate: August 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: July 17, 2015

Jules Bianchi, grandson of GT World Champion Mauro Bianchi, was a Formula 3 Euro Series winner and a French Formula Renault 2.0 champion. A collision during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix caused him a diffuse axonal injury. He was in a coma for 8 months before dying at age 25.

 19 Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French, American

Joakim Noah is a French-American basketball player. A two-time NBA All-Star, Noah has played for popular teams like the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Memphis Grizzlies. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Joakim Noah is credited with founding the Noah's Arc Foundation, which aims at helping children through arts and sports.

 20 Samir Nasri

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

 21 Raphaël Varane

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

 22 Didier Deschamps

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

 23 Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French

 24 Adil Rami

Adil Rami
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French

 25 Hatem Ben Arfa

Hatem Ben Arfa
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French

 26 Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French

 27 Blaise Matuidi

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

 28 André-Pierre Gignac

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

 29 Alain Prost

Alain Prost
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French

 30 Michel Platini

Michel Platini
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Famous As: Former French Football Player, Football Administrator
Birthdate: June 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French

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.

 31 Benjamin Mendy

Benjamin Mendy
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French

 32 Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: January 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French, American

 33 Aymeric Laporte

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

 34 Thomas Lemar

Thomas Lemar
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French

 35 Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French

 36 David Trezeguet

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

 37 Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French

 38 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

 39 Laurent Blanc

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

 40 Wissam Ben Yedder

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

 41 Enzo Fernández

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

 42 Gaël Monfils

Gaël Monfils
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Famous As: French tennis player
Birthdate: September 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French

 43 Lassana Diarra

Lassana Diarra
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French, Malian

 44 Yannick Bolasie

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

 45 Athina Onassis Roussel

Athina Onassis Roussel
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Birthdate: January 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French

 46 Morgan Schneiderlin

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

 47 Adrien Rabiot

Adrien Rabiot
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

 48 Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French, Senegalese

 49 Lucas Digne

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

 50 Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French, Polish