Current World Cup holders France really are one of the great footballing nations.
Some of the very best players in history have hailed from the country and the current team is absolutely loaded with superstars.
But who is the greatest France player in history? Well, that is an incredibly hard question to answer, as there’s just so many iconic figures to pick from.
The folks over at FourFourTwo have provided their answers, though.
They’ve ranked who they believe are the 10 best France players the sport has ever seen and despite winning his fifth Champions League with Real Madrid, Benzema doesn’t make the list.
Only one member of the current squad does…
The 10 greatest footballers from France
10. N’Golo Kante
9. Didier Deschamps
8. Franck Ribery
7. Marcel Desailly
6. Lilian Thuram
5. Eric Cantona
4. Patrick Vieira
3. Michel Platini
It’s hard to argue against Zidane being number one. In the eyes of many, ‘Zizou’ is not just the greatest French player in history, but the greatest midfielder of all.
Kante is the member of the current France setup to make the cut, with Henry, Ribery, Vieira, Thuram and Desailly the others to have graced the sport at some point in the 21st century.
Platini is the only real old-school face on show and the former Juventus man really is a bona fide legend.
The silky playmaker scored goals for fun at club level in Italy and with Saint Etienne, while he found the back of the net 41 times in just 72 games at international level.
Overall, FourFourTwo’s ranking is very, very good, although Benzema, Laurent Blanc and Claude Makelele can perhaps feel a tad aggrieved that they were omitted.
In the years to come, one of the members of the current top 10 will likely have to make way for Mbappe…