Now we continue with this special series and go to France, where we will tell you about the Top 5 most talented French players in Football History.
Now it’s time to give you a detailed list of the Top 5 most talented French players in Football History, the ones that always had that famous flair that has already won two World Cup championships and has given us so many amazing players the last 40 decades. We are not going to include Antoine Griezmann or Kylian Mbappé on this list, that is because the French National Team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup is very young and we still need to see how many more trophies they will win throughout their run that just started. We have decided to talk about the five players who are already retired and have left a great legacy with their football, France is very proud of each and every one of these players.
1.- Zinedine Zidane.
The French wizard started shining late in his career, the first big moment wasn’t until well into his twenties playing for France in the 1998 World Cup celebrated in his home country, he scored an unforgettable brace in the final that gave his national team the first World Cup success in their history. Zidane had the opportunity to be considered as the very best player in history or at least inside the conversation between Maradona and Pele, but during the 2006 final against Italy he decided to not become the best ever after an infamous headbutt to Marco Materazzi that effectively gave the trophy to the Italian side after he was sent off. But regardless of this mistake, French people still regard Zidane as the best player they ever had.
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2.- Michel Platini.
Before Zidane there was Michel Platini back in the 1980’s, he marked a golden era with Italian side Juventus where he won many important trophies. But his most amazing moment came in the 1984 European Championship which he won for France and instantly turned him into the most celebrated player in the country’s history. He remained as the top legend until Zizou arrived got in the conversation, but Platini still remains as one of his country’s most celebrated footballers ever.
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3.- Thierry Henry.
Arguably the most impressive striker that France has ever seen, that at least until Kylian Mbappé does the amazing things we expect from him during his career. But for now, Henry is the go-to striker when we talk about power combined with world-class finishing skills. He was part of Zidane’s generation that won the 1998 World Cup as well as the 2000 European Championship, but his best moments came playing for Arsenal FC in the English Premier League. Henry remains as the all-time top scorer for the Gunners and one of the league’s biggest legends who ever played in Britain. Today he attempts to start his career as a manager, which could start any day now with Girondins Bordeaux.
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4.- Patrick Vieira.
Another element of that French golden generation in which Zidane was the leader, but without Patrick they wouldn’t have accomplished any of the victories they achieved during their amazing run. Vieira was also part of Thierry Henry’s squad for Arsenal, where he became an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles and also played for many years as one of the top defensive midfielders in the world. Vieira’s skills were unmatched when he was in his prime, for reference if you are not old enough to remember him, think of a French Sergio Busquets but even better.
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5.- Just Fontaine.
The main reason why Pele wasn’t the very best football player in his 1958 World Cup debut with Brazil, Just Fontaine established one of the all-time records that may never be broken in football history. The Frenchman was able to score an insane 13 goals in 6 World Cup matches that established him as the player who has scored the most goals in a single competition of this nature, no player has even come close to this number. Funny enough, Fontaine decided to become an actor after playing football and was very successful doing it, very much in the same vein as what Eric Cantona did when he retired.
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