One of the most successful national teams in the world, France, has given the world some of the greatest football goalscorers in history.
In his prime, Zinedine Zidane was a pure artistic genius. A player in the same mold, Michel Platini, was very much. Simply put, Just Fontaine is a World Cup legend.
Then there were the ruthless attackers like Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet, and Jean-Pierre Papin.
Today’s top players, who frequently spend time on the field celebrating goals, are Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, and Kylian Mbappe.
Only players with 10 or more official goals are included because the squad has had hundreds of players since it began publicly registering its players in 1904. Olivier Giroud has scored 52 goals for his country, setting a record.
Let’s find out who are the Top 10 France Goalscorers are:
TOP 10 FRANCE GOALSCORERS
10. JEAN-PIERRE PAPIN
Papin played a role in France’s failure to qualify for the 1988 European Championship as well as the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups. Over the course of his career, Papin scored 30 goals for France in 54 international games.
9. JUST FONTINE
Just Fontaine, one of the legendary France Goalscorers who never claimed an international honor, competed for his nation in the 1958 World Cup and helped them to a third-place finish. In just 21 games during his time playing international football, Fontaine scored 30 goals.
8. KYLIAN MBAPPE
Kylian Mbappe is the rising star of French football and is destined to eventually top all scorers in his nation. The Paris Saint-Germain sensation scored his first goal for Les Bleus in the World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands a few months after making his international debut in March 2017 at the youthful age of 18 years, three months, and five days. Mbappe has surpassed Zidane in terms of goals scored with 33 on 63 outings for France.
7. ZINEDINE ZIDANE
His 108 appearances for France, 31 goals, and 1998 World Cup victory earned him the Ballon d’Or award for that year. The Frenchman was also crucial to France’s victory at the 2000 Euro Championships. As a result of his headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final against Italy, which resulted in a red card, Zidane’s international career came to an abrupt end.
6. DAVID TERZEGUET
His golden goal in the Euro 2000 final against Italy stands out among the 34 goals he scored in 71 appearances during his eight-year tenure with the national team. David Trezeguet participated in three World Cup campaigns for France in 1998, 2002, and 2006, and on his debut at the event, he took home the coveted trophy.
5. KARIM BENZEMA
Benzema has 37 goals for the national team and won the 2021 UEFA Nations League with France. He made his debut for the national team against Austria in March 2007 under the leadership of then-manager Raymond Domenech. Benzema’s 45 minutes of action on his debut resulted in the game’s lone goal, which helped France win.
4. MICHEL PLATINI
Before quitting in 1987, the Ballon d’Or winner had 72 appearances for France and scored 41 goals. Platini is notable for the fact that, at the request of the Kuwaiti Emir, he temporarily came out of retirement on November 27, 1988, to represent Kuwait.
3. ANTOINE GRIEZMANN
Griezmann currently leads France with 42 goals and 32 assists. Under Didier Deschamps, Griezmann became the best-attacking option for Les Bleus. His ascent occurred simultaneously with Benzema’s banishment and Giroud’s lack of form. He was crucial to France’s victories in the UEFA Nations League and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
2. THIERRY HENERY
Henry went on to score a total of 51 goals for the French national team with 123 total appearances. Henry aided France in winning the UEFA Euro 2000, the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003, and the FIFA World Cup in 1998. France and Henry came close to winning the 2006 World Cup. But Henry was at his peak during that match.
1. OLIVER GIROUD
2018 World Cup champion and maybe the greatest underappreciated striker of his generation.
In November 2011, Olivier Giroud made his international debut for France against the USA. He then scored his country’s first goal in a 2-1 victory over Germany. Giroud broke Thierry Henry’s all-time scoring record with his 52nd goal for Les Bleus, cementing his place in history.
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