One of AS Nancy-Lorraine's most notable former players is Michel Platini, who began his career at the club in 1972 and played eight seasons with 'the Thistles'. He scored the only goal in the Coupe de France final in 1978, Nancy's only major trophy, and won two French Player of the Year awards.

Platini also established himself as a French international while at the club and went on to achieve numerous team and individual accolades after his departure from Nancy, including a record 3 Ballon d'Ors in a row from 1983.