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
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.

 2 André the Giant

André the Giant.
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Coulommiers, Seine-et-Marne
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 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.

 4 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.

 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 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.

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 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 Franck Ribéry

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

Jules Bianchi.
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Famous As: F1 Driver
Birthdate: August 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nice
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.

 10 Samuel Umtiti

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

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

 12 Hugo Lloris

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

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

 14 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
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 15 Ciryl Gane

Ciryl Gane
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: April 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Roche-sur-Yon, France

 16 Alain Prost

Alain Prost
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lorette, France
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 17 Athina Onassis Roussel

Athina Onassis Roussel
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Famous As: Equestrian
Birthdate: January 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

 18 Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: January 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

 19 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

 20 Gaël Monfils

Gaël Monfils
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Famous As: French tennis player
Birthdate: September 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris
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 21 Enzo Fernández

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

 22 Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly
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Famous As: Formula 1 Driver
Birthdate: February 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rouen, France
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 23 Yannick Bolasie

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

 24 Morgan Schneiderlin

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

 25 Lucas Digne

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

 26 Kristina Mladenovic

Kristina Mladenovic
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Pol-sur-Mer, France

 27 Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tulle, France

 28 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

 29 Robert Pires

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

 30 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.

 31 Just Fontaine

Just Fontaine
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marrakech, Morocco

 32 Jean Todt

Jean Todt.
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Famous As: Rally Driver
Birthdate: February 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pierrefort

French former rally driver Jean Todt has been the director of Peugeot Talbot Sport and the principal of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team. He was also the CEO of Ferrari and the president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, and was named the UN’s Special Envoy for Road Safety.

 33 Fabien Barthez

Fabien Barthez
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Famous As: Association football player, Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lavelanet

 34 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.

 35 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.

 36 Mathieu Valbuena

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

 37 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. 

 38 Medhi Benatia

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

 39 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.

 40 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

 41 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

 42 Dimitri Payet

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

 43 Raymond Kopa

Raymond Kopa
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: France
Died: March 3, 2017

 44 Yaya Sanogo

Yaya Sanogo
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Massy

 45 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

 46 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.

 47 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.

 48 Raphaël Guerreiro

Raphaël Guerreiro
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Le Blanc-Mesnil

 49 Mario Lemina

Mario Lemina.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Libreville

Mario Lemina is a Gabonese football player who has represented the Gabon national football team at the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. He has also played for popular clubs, such as Juventus Football Club and Southampton Football Club. Renowned for his technical skills, Mario Lemina is regarded as a strong, powerful, and dynamic midfielder.

 50 Patrice Evra

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