French Player of the Year

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Thierry Henry, pictured in 2008, was named French Player of the Year five times, more than any other player.

The French Player of the Year is an association football award presented annually by the French magazine France Football since 1959. Originally, only French players playing in France were eligible, but from 1996 French players playing abroad were in contention to win the trophy. Since 2001, former winners elect the player of the year.[1]


Year Player Club(s)
1959 France Angers
1960 Raymond Kopa France Reims
1961 Mahi Khennane France Rennes
1962 André Lerond France Stade Français
1963 Yvon Douis France Monaco
1964 Marcel Artelesa France Monaco
1965 Philippe Gondet France Nantes
1966 Philippe Gondet France Nantes
1967 Bernard Bosquier France Saint-Étienne
1968 Bernard Bosquier France Saint-Étienne
1969 Hervé Revelli France Saint-Étienne
1970 Georges Carnus France Saint-Étienne
1971 Georges Carnus France Saint-Étienne
France Marseille
1972 Marius Trésor France Ajaccio
France Marseille
1973 Georges Bereta France Saint-Étienne
1974 Georges Bereta France Saint-Étienne
1975 Jean-Marc Guillou France Angers
France Nice
1976 Michel Platini France Nancy
1977 Michel Platini France Nancy
1978 Jean Petit France Monaco
1979 Maxime Bossis France Nantes
1980 Jean-François Larios France Saint-Étienne
1981 Maxime Bossis France Nantes
1982 Alain Giresse France Bordeaux
1983 Alain Giresse France Bordeaux
1984 Jean Tigana France Bordeaux
1985 Luis Fernández France Paris Saint-Germain
1986 Manuel Amoros France Monaco
1987 Alain Giresse France Marseille
1988 Stéphane Paille France Sochaux
1989 Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1990 Laurent Blanc France Montpellier
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1992 Alain Roche France Auxerre
France Paris Saint-Germain
1993 David Ginola France Paris Saint-Germain
1994 Bernard Lama France Paris Saint-Germain
1995 Vincent Guérin France Paris Saint-Germain
1996 Didier Deschamps Italy Juventus
1997 Lilian Thuram Italy Parma
1998 Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus
1999 Sylvain Wiltord France Bordeaux
2000 Thierry Henry England Arsenal
2001 Patrick Vieira England Arsenal
2002 Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid
2003 Thierry Henry England Arsenal
2004 Thierry Henry England Arsenal
2005 Thierry Henry England Arsenal
2006 Thierry Henry England Arsenal
2007 Franck Ribéry France Marseille
2008 Franck Ribéry Germany Bayern Munich
2009 Yoann Gourcuff France Bordeaux
2010 Samir Nasri England Arsenal
2011 Karim Benzema Spain Real Madrid
2012 Karim Benzema Spain Real Madrid
2013 Franck Ribéry Germany Bayern Munich
2014 Karim Benzema Spain Real Madrid
2015 Blaise Matuidi France Paris Saint-Germain
2016 Antoine Griezmann Spain Atlético Madrid
2017 N'Golo Kanté England Chelsea
2018 Kylian Mbappé France Paris Saint-Germain
2019 Kylian Mbappé France Paris Saint-Germain
2020 Not awarded due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Karim Benzema Spain Real Madrid

Player of the Century[]

At the end of the 20th century, the magazine also voted on the French Player of the Century, won by Michel Platini.[1]

Rank Player Votes
1 Michel Platini 143
2 Zinedine Zidane 121
3 Raymond Kopa 88
4 Laurent Blanc 28
5 Just Fontaine 22
6 Marius Trésor 17
7 Alain Giresse 15
8 Jean-Pierre Papin 12
9 Didier Deschamps 9
10 Eric Cantona 8

Manager of the Year[]

Every year, the magazine elects the best French manager of the year. The jury is composed of former laureates.[1]

See also[]


  1. ^ a b c Garin, Erik; Pierrend, José Luis (18 January 2018). "France – Footballer of the Year". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 8 October 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
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