1. Michel Platini
Regarded as one of the greatest French players of all time, Platini won the Ballon d'Or in 1983, 1984 and 1985 respectively, and came seventh in the FIFA Player of the Century vote. In honour of his achievements, he was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1985 and became an Officier in 1998.
2. Just Fontaine
Just Louis Fontaine is an 88-year-old former French professional soccer player who played as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team.
Widely considered as one of the greatest French players of all time, Fontaine is best renowned for scoring the most goals in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup, with 13 in six matches in 1958. It was the highest number of goals ever scored by one player at a single World Cup tournament, a record that stands today. He currently remains fourth-top scorer in FIFA World Cup history having played in at least two competitions.
Seventeen years ago, Pelé named him one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony.
3. Raymond Kopa
Raymond Kopa was a French professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for Real Madrid and the France national team.
Often considered as one of the greatest French players of all time, Kopa was awarded the Ballon d'Or in 1958. Fifty one years ago, he became the first football player to receive the Légion d'honneur, and in 2004, Pelé named him one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony.
He died four years ago in Angers, France at the age of 85.
4. Lilian Thuram
Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien is a 49-year-old French author and retired professional footballer who last played as a defender for Barcelona and the France national team.
Regarded as one of the greatest French players of all time, Thuram is the most capped player in the history of the France national team with 142 appearances between 1994 and 2008. He was a key player for the France squad that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 UEFA Euro.
5. Thierry Henry
Thierry Daniel Henry is a 44-year-old French coach and former professional footballer who played as a striker for Barcelona and the France national team.
Widely considered as one of the greatest French players of all time, in 2003 and 2004, Henry was the runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year, and was runner-up for the Ballon d'Or in the former year. He was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year twice, the FWA Footballer of the Year three times, and was named in the PFA Team of the Year six consecutive times. He was also included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI once and the UEFA Team of the Year five times.
With the France national team, Henry won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. He was named the French Player of the Year a record five times. He was also named to the UEFA Euro 2000 Team of the Tournament, awarded both the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, and was named to the 2006 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team. Fourteen years ago, he became his country's record goalscorer. After amassing 123 appearances and 51 goals, Henry retired from international football after the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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