FRANCE

Zinedine Zidane was the leading figure of a generation of French players that won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship.
Despite being the first French player to ever be sent off in the World cup finals, the Juventus maestro became an instant national hero when he scored two identical goals, both headers from corner kicks, in the final to smash Brazil. It cemented his reputation as the best player in world football at the time.

He is one of only 3 players to have been FIFA World Player of the Year three times (Brazilian striker Ronaldo and Lionel Messi being the others) and in 2011 Uefa.com asked players and journalists to crown the best player in the UEFA Champions League of the past 20 years, 'Zizou' topped the poll ahead of Messi.

Alain Giresse was a member of the 1984 European Championship winning team, and alongside Michel Platini, Luis Fernández and Jean Tigana formed the legendary "Carré Magique", the Magic Square, in midfield.

At international level, the peerless Michel Platini led France to the 1984 European Championship, scoring nine goals and being named player of the tournament in the process, while also playing a role in their third-place finishes at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. In 72 caps appearances for his country, Platini netted 41 goals.

Whether drifting between defenders to meet crosses, picking his spot from 15 yards or thrashing goalwards from 25, his composure and technique was often unfailing.

Three times a Ballon d'Or winner, Platini was a magnificent passer off either foot with the most fantastic vision, of which his deadly freekicks were a testament, capable of shaping a game to suit his will while also proving himself as a leader of men.

At international level, the peerless Michel Platini led France to the 1984 European Championship, scoring nine goals and being named player of the tournament in the process, while also playing a role in their third-place finishes at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. In 72 caps appearances for his country, Platini netted 41 goals.

Whether drifting between defenders to meet crosses, picking his spot from 15 yards or thrashing goalwards from 25, his composure and technique was often unfailing.
Three times a Ballon d'Or winner, Platini was a magnificent passer off either foot with the most fantastic vision, of which his deadly freekicks were a testament, capable of shaping a game to suit his will while also proving himself as a leader of men.

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