List of leading goalscorers for the France national football team

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This article is about France national team players with at least 10 goals. For a list of all national team players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:France international footballers. For the current national team squad, see France national football team § Players.

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, and Zinedine Zidane, who scored 31.[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[edit]

  • Goals and appearances are composed of FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Football Championship, and FIFA Confederations Cup matches, as well as numerous international friendly tournaments and matches. Players marked in bold are still active and eligible (meaning they have not retired) to play for the national team, while players who are italicized were members of the team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Statistics correct as of game against Luxembourg on 25 March 2017

Position key: GKGoalkeeper; DFDefender; MFMidfielder; FWForward

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 Henry, ThierryThierry Henry FW 1997–2010 51 123 0.42
2 Platini, MichelMichel Platini MF 1976–1987 41 72 0.57
3 Trezeguet, DavidDavid Trezeguet FW 1998–2008 34 71 0.47
4 Zidane, ZinedineZinedine Zidane MF 1994–2006 31 106 0.28
5 Fontaine, JustJust Fontaine FW 1953–1960 30 21 1.42
Papin, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Papin FW 1986–1995 30 54 0.55
7 Djorkaeff, YouriYouri Djorkaeff MF 1993–2002 28 82 0.34
8 Benzema, KarimKarim Benzema FW 2007– 27 81 0.33
9 Wiltord, SylvainSylvain Wiltord FW 1999–2006 26 92 0.28
10 Giroud, OlivierOlivier Giroud FW 2011– 23 60 0.38
11 Vincent, JeanJean Vincent FW 1953–1961 22 46 0.47
12 Nicolas, JeanJean Nicolas FW 1933–1938 21 25 0.84
13 Nicolas, PaulPaul Nicolas FW 1920–1931 20 35 0.57
Cantona, EricEric Cantona FW 1987–1995 20 45 0.44
15 Baratte, JeanJean Baratte FW 1944–1952 19 32 0.59
16 Piantoni, RogerRoger Piantoni FW 1952–1961 18 37 0.48
Kopa, RaymondRaymond Kopa MF 1952–1962 18 45 0.40
18 Ribéry, FranckFranck Ribéry MF 2006–2014 16 81 0.20
Blanc, LaurentLaurent Blanc DF 1989–2000 16 97 0.16
20 Maës, EugèneEugène Maës FW 1911–1913 15 11 1.36
Revelli, HervéHervé Revelli FW 1966–1975 15 30 0.50
Griezmann, AntoineAntoine Griezmann FW 2014– 15 40 0.37
Rocheteau, DominiqueDominique Rocheteau FW 1975–1986 15 49 0.30
24 Veinante, ÉmileÉmile Veinante DF 1929–1940 14 24 0.58
Anelka, NicolasNicolas Anelka MF 1998–2010 14 69 0.20
Pirès, RobertRobert Pirès MF 1996–2004 14 79 0.17
27 Six, DidierDidier Six MF 1976–1984 13 52 0.25
28 Wisnieski, MaryanMaryan Wisnieski FW 1955–1963 12 33 0.36
Lacombe, BernardBernard Lacombe FW 1973–1984 12 38 0.31
Dewaquez, JulesJules Dewaquez FW 1920–1929 12 41 0.29
31 Cisowski, ThadéeThadée Cisowski FW 1951–1958 11 13 0.84
Vaast, ErnestErnest Vaast MF 1945–1949 11 15 0.82
Stopyra, YannickYannick Stopyra FW 1980–1988 11 33 0.33
34 Loubet, CharlyCharly Loubet FW 1967–1974 10 13 0.76
Ujlaki, JosephJoseph Ujlaki FW 1952–1960 10 21 0.47
Courtois, RogerRoger Courtois FW 1933–1947 10 22 0.45

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References[edit]

  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. 

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