French Player of the Year

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
1959 Jules Sbroglia   Angers
1960 Raymond Kopa   Reims
1961 Mahi Khennane   Rennes
1962 André Lerond   Stade Français
1963 Yvon Douis   Monaco
1964 Marcel Artelesa   Monaco
1965 Philippe Gondet   Nantes
1966 Philippe Gondet   Nantes
1967 Bernard Bosquier   Saint-Étienne
1968 Bernard Bosquier   Saint-Étienne
1969 Hervé Revelli   Saint-Étienne
1970 Georges Carnus   Saint-Étienne
1971 Georges Carnus   Saint-Étienne
1972 Marius Trésor   Ajaccio
1973 Georges Bereta   Saint-Étienne
1974 Georges Bereta   Saint-Étienne
1975 Jean-Marc Guillou   Angers
1976 Michel Platini   Nancy
1977 Michel Platini   Nancy
1978 Jean Petit   Monaco
1979 Maxime Bossis   Nantes
1980 Jean-François Larios   Saint-Étienne
1981 Maxime Bossis   Nantes
1982 Alain Giresse   Bordeaux
1983 Alain Giresse   Bordeaux
1984 Jean Tigana   Bordeaux
1985 Luis Fernández   Paris Saint-Germain
1986 Manuel Amoros   Monaco
1987 Alain Giresse   Marseille
1988 Stéphane Paille   Sochaux
1989 Jean-Pierre Papin   Marseille
1990 Laurent Blanc   Montpellier
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin   Marseille
1992 Alain Roche   Auxerre
  Paris Saint-Germain
1993 David Ginola   Paris Saint-Germain
1994 Bernard Lama   Paris Saint-Germain
1995 Vincent Guérin   Paris Saint-Germain
1996 Didier Deschamps   Juventus
1997 Lilian Thuram   Parma
1998 Zinedine Zidane   Juventus
1999 Sylvain Wiltord   Bordeaux
2000 Thierry Henry   Arsenal
2001 Patrick Vieira   Arsenal
2002 Zinedine Zidane   Real Madrid
2003 Thierry Henry   Arsenal
2004 Thierry Henry   Arsenal
2005 Thierry Henry   Arsenal
2006 Thierry Henry   Arsenal
2007 Franck Ribéry   Marseille
2008 Franck Ribéry   Bayern Munich
2009 Yoann Gourcuff   Bordeaux
2010 Samir Nasri   Arsenal
2011 Karim Benzema   Real Madrid
2012 Karim Benzema   Real Madrid
2013 Franck Ribéry   Bayern Munich
2014 Karim Benzema   Real Madrid
2015 Blaise Matuidi   Paris Saint-Germain
2016 Antoine Griezmann   Atlético Madrid
2017 N'Golo Kanté   Chelsea
2018 Kylian Mbappé   Paris Saint-Germain
2019 Kylian Mbappé   Paris Saint-Germain

Player of the CenturyEdit

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 YearEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  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.