Mbappe, Benzema, Henry: Which France player has the best goals-per-game?

France have produced some incredible strikers since the turn of millenium.

At the start of the 21st century, Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet were terrorising defences across the world, the latter scoring a dramatic Golden Goal winner for Les Bleus in the Euro 2000 final.

After their powers started to wane towards the very end of the 2000s, Karim Benzema burst onto the scene and he’s arguably playing the best football of his distinguished career in the present day.

The 34-year-old embodied the phrase ‘ageing like a fine wine’ at Real Madrid in 2021/22 and will almost certainly win the 2022 Ballon d’Or.

As well as Benzema, Henry and Trezeguet, you have other great French strikers from the 21st century like Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette.

Oh and, of course, there’s Kylian Mbappe, who may very well end up being viewed as the best of the lot in the future.

Why do we say that? Well, at the age of just 23, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar has already achieved so much.

Kylian Mbappe with Paris Saint-Germain
MUNICH, GERMANY – APRIL 07: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final match between FC Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain at Allianz Arena on April 07, 2021 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

He’s scored in a World Cup final triumph also has the honour of possessing the best goals-per-game record among French players in the 21st century.

Yes, even better than both Henry and Benzema, miles better in fact – at the time of writing anyway.

Take a look at all the numbers provided by the folks over at PopFoot below…

The 20 France players with the best goals-per-game in the 21st century

20. Ludovic Ajorque | 83 goals | 0.33 goals-per-game

19. Gaetan Laborde | 101 goals | 0.33 goals-per-game

18. Loic Remy | 149 goals | 0.33 goals-per-game

17. Louis Saha | 177 goals | 0.33 goals-per-game

16. Kevin Gameiro | 226 goals | 0.34 goals-per-game

Kevin Gameiro with France
LENS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 15: Kevin Gameiro of France in action during the International Friendly match between France and Ivory Coast held at Stade Felix Bollaert Deleis on November 15, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

15. Antoine Griezmann | 270 goals | 0.38 goals-per-game

14. Anthony Modeste | 177 goals | 0.40 goals-per-game

13. Alexandre Lacazette | 203 goals | 0.41 goals-per-game

12. Djibril Cisse | 258 goals | 0.41 goals-per-game

11. Olivier Giroud | 299 goals | 0.41 goals-per-game

Olivier Giroud with France
PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 14: Olivier Giroud of France celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier between France and Moldova on November 14, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

10. Odsonne Edouard | 92 goals | 0.42 goals-per-game

9. Moussa Dembele | 136 goals | 0.44 goals-per-game

8. Guillaume Hoarau | 241 goals | 0.44 goals-per-game

7. Andre-Pierre Gignac | 315 goals | 0.44 goals-per-game

6. Thierry Henry | 411 goals | 0.45 goals-per-game

Thierry Henry with France
LEIPZIG, GERMANY – JUNE 18: Thierry Henry of France celebrates scoring the opening goal during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Group G match between France and Korea Republic played at the Zentralstadion on June 18, 2006 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

5. Bafetimbi Gomis | 327 goals | 0.46 goals-per-game

4. Wissam Ben Yedder | 226 goals | 0.47 goals-per-game

3. David Trezeguet | 307 goals | 0.49 goals-per-game

2. Karim Benzema | 426 goals | 0.50 goals-per-game

  1. Kylian Mbappe | 225 goals | 0.67 goals-per-game
Kylian Mbappe celebrates a goal for France
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – SEPTEMBER 05: Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Sweden and France at Friends Arena on September 05, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

Yeah, it’s not even close at the top…

Mbappe has scored 170 goals in just 216 games at PSG, while he’s already bagged 27 on international duty.

If the future Ballon d’Or winner doesn’t surpass Henry’s record tally of 51 for France in his career, it will be an almighty shock.

La Liga quiz: Can you name these 30 players from the 2000s?

1 of 30

We’ll start easy…

News Now - Sport News