Olivier Giroud is 35: who are the best French players in the UEFA Champions League?

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Olivier Giroud is 35: who are the best French players in the UEFA Champions League?


Most European Champion Clubs’ Cup / UEFA Champions League appearances (including qualifiers)

132 : Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
115 : Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
111 : Patrice Evra (Monaco, Manchester United, Juventus)
96 : Claude Makelele (Nantes, Real Madrid, Chelsea)
89 : Franck Ribéry (Bavaria)
87 : Mikaël Silvestre (Inter Milan, Manchester United, Arsenal, Bremen)
87 : Gaël Clichy (Arsenal, Manchester City, Basaksehir)
85 : Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid, Man United)
83 : Florent Malouda (Lyon, Chelsea)
82 : Robert Pirès (Marseille, Arsenal, Villarreal)
82 : Zinédine Zidane (Juventus, Real Madrid)

Top scorers in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup / UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

Watch Karim Benzema’s 60 goals in the Champions League

72 : Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
51 : Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
32 : David Trezeguet (Monaco, Juventus)
28 : Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille, AC Milan, Bayern)
27 : Kylian Mbappé (Monaco, Paris)
27 : Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad, Atlético de Madrid, Barcelone)
20 : Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris, Fenerbahe, Chelsea, Juventus)19 : Olivier Giroud (Montpellier, Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan)
18 : Franck Ribéry (Bavaria)
17 : Michel Platini (St-Étienne, Juventus)

Most appearances in UEFA club competitions *

140 : Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
136 : Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
134 : Claude Makelele (Nantes, Celta Vigo, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Paris)
124 : Patrice Evra (Monaco, Man United, Juventus, Marseille)
122 : Zinédine Zidane (Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid)
121 :
Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille, Dinamo Moskva, Lyon, Fenerbahçe, Olympiacos)
117 : Robert Pirès (Metz, Marseille, Arsenal, Villarreal)
117 : Franck Ribéry (Marseille, Bayern)
113 : Lilian Thuram (Monaco, Parma, Juventus, Barcelona)
107 : Gaël Clichy (Arsenal, Manchester City, Basaksehir)

Top scorers in UEFA club competitions *

Icon of the Champions League: Zinédine Zidane

73 : Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
59 : Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
40 : Jean-Pierre Papin (Club Brugge, Marseille, AC Milan, Bayern, Bordeaux)
37 : David Trezeguet (Monaco, Juventus)
35 : Olivier Giroud (Montpellier, Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan)
33 : Kevin Gameiro (Strasbourg, Paris, Seville, Atlético de Madrid, Valencia)
33 : Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad, Atlético de Madrid, Barcelone)
30 : Michel Platini (St-Étienne, Juventus)
28 : Nicolas Anelka (Paris, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Fenerbahe, Bolton, Chelsea, Juventus)
28 : Guillaume Hoarau (Paris, Young Boys)
28 : Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon, Arsenal)
27 : Kylian Mbappé (Monaco, Paris)

Highlights

Most successful European club: Marseille (1 victory in the European Cup)
Most European Champion Clubs’ Cup / UEFA Champions League matches: Lyon (148)
Most goals in European Champion Clubs’ Cup / UEFA Champions League: Paris (255)
First team to compete in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup / UEFA Champions League: Stade de Reims (finalist, 1955/56)
First team to win the European Champion Clubs’ Cup / UEFA Champions League: Marseille (1992/93)

The glory of Marseille in the 1993 Champions League

• With five goals in the inaugural edition, Franck Sauzée is the only Frenchman to have finished top scorer in a UEFA Champions League campaign.

• In 2014, Real Madrid boss Zinédine Zidane became the first coach of French origin to lift the trophy; he had already won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid as a player in 2002. Helenio Herrera, two-time winner with Inter Milan, also had French nationality but was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

• With the winner against his former club Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon in 2020, Kingsley Coman became the ninth French to score in the UEFA Champions League final. France can also boast of the first scorer in the final: Michel Leblond opened the scoring for Stade de Reims in the first European Cup final in 1956, although Real Madrid lost 4-3 at the Parc des Princes in Paris.


Watch the fastest hat-trick ever in the Champions League

Watch the fastest hat-trick ever in the Champions League

• Bafétimbi Gomis’ eight-minute treble for Lyon at Dinamo Zagreb in December 2011 remains the fastest treble in UEFA Champions League history. He ultimately scored four in a 7-1 win.

• The oldest hat-trick in UEFA Champions League history is also a Frenchman: Giroud scored four Sevilla goals for Chelsea in December 2020 at the age of 34 63 days.

*UEFA club competitions refer to the European Champion Clubs ‘Cup / UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League, European / South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Intertoto Cup

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