List of leading goalscorers for the France national football team

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This list of leading goalscorers for the France national football team contains football players who have played for the France national football team and is listed according to their number of goals scored. The France national football team (French: Equipe de France) represents the nation of France in international football. It is fielded by the French Football Federation (French: Fédération Française de Football) and competes as a member of UEFA.

As hundreds of players have played for the team since it started officially registering its players in 1904, only players with 10 or more official goals are included. The national team's record goal-scorer is Thierry Henry, who scored 51 total goals in 123 competitive appearances for the team between 1997 and 2010. Henry surpassed Michel Platini, the previous all-time leading goal-scorer, on 17 October 2007 in a match against Lithuania. Henry is the only player to have reached the half-century mark in goals for the national team.[1] Henry is followed by Platini, who scored 41 goals, David Trézéguet, who netted 34 goals, Olivier Giroud with 32 goals and Zinedine Zidane, with 31 goals.[2] Henry, Trézéguet, and Zidane were members of the team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, while Platini captained France to victory at UEFA Euro 1984.

Players

Statistics correct as of game against the Netherlands on 9 September 2018

Key
§
Still active for the national team[3]
1998 FIFA World Cup Winner
Played on team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup
2018 FIFA World Cup Winner
Played on team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK Goalkeeper
DF Defender
MF Midfielder
FW Forward
Thierry Henry (51 goals) is the all-time leading goal-scorer of the national team.
Michel Platini (41 goals) captained France to victory at UEFA Euro 1984.
Laurent Blanc (16 goals) is the leading goalscorer in national team history as a defender.
# Name Position National
team career
Goals Caps Average
1 Thierry Henry FW 1997–20101998 FIFA World Cup Winner 51 123 0.41
2 Michel Platini MF 1976–1987 41 72 0.57
3 David Trezeguet FW 1998–20081998 FIFA World Cup Winner 34 71 0.48
4 Olivier Giroud§ FW 2011–2018 FIFA World Cup Winner 32 83 0.39
5 Zinedine Zidane MF 1994–20061998 FIFA World Cup Winner 31 106 0.29
6 Just Fontaine FW 1953–1960 30 21 1.43
Jean-Pierre Papin FW 1986–1995 30 54 0.56
8 Youri Djorkaeff MF 1993–20021998 FIFA World Cup Winner 28 82 0.34
9 Karim Benzema FW 2007– 27 81 0.33
10 Sylvain Wiltord FW 1999–2006 26 92 0.28
11 Antoine Griezmann§ FW 2014–2018 FIFA World Cup Winner 24 63 0.38
12 Jean Vincent FW 1953–1961 22 46 0.48
13 Jean Nicolas FW 1933–1938 21 25 0.84
14 Paul Nicolas FW 1920–1931 20 35 0.57
Eric Cantona FW 1987–1995 20 45 0.44
16 Jean Baratte FW 1944–1952 19 32 0.59
17 Roger Piantoni FW 1952–1961 18 37 0.49
Raymond Kopa MF 1952–1962 18 45 0.4
19 Franck Ribéry MF 2006–2014 16 81 0.2
Laurent Blanc DF 1989–2000 16 97 0.16
21 Eugène Maës FW 1911–1913 15 11 1.36
Hervé Revelli FW 1966–1975 15 30 0.5
Dominique Rocheteau FW 1975–1986 15 49 0.31
24 Émile Veinante DF 1929–1940 14 24 0.58
Nicolas Anelka MF 1998–2010 14 69 0.2
Robert Pirès MF 1996–20041998 FIFA World Cup Winner 14 79 0.18
27 Didier Six MF 1976–1984 13 52 0.25
28 Maryan Wisnieski FW 1955–1963 12 33 0.36
Bernard Lacombe FW 1973–1984 12 38 0.32
Jules Dewaquez FW 1920–1929 12 41 0.29
31 Thadée Cisowski FW 1951–1958 11 13 0.85
Ernest Vaast MF 1945–1949 11 15 0.73
Yannick Stopyra FW 1980–1988 11 33 0.33
34 Charly Loubet FW 1967–1974 10 13 0.77
Joseph Ujlaki FW 1952–1960 10 21 0.48
Roger Courtois FW 1933–1947 10 22 0.45
Paul Pogba§ MF 2013–2018 FIFA World Cup Winner 10 62 0.16

See also

References

  1. ^ France 2–0 Lithuania: Henry smashes Platini record, ESPN Soccernet, 17 October 2007, accessed 18 October 2007
  2. ^ "France - Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Players who are still active for the national team are players who haven't retired from international football and are, subsequently, eligible to be called up.

External links

  • (in French) FFF Player Database
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