Who are France national team all-time top scorers? If you are familiar with the French football, names like Thierry Henry, Michel Platini and Olivier Giroud may come to your mind; they are indeed among France all-time top scorers, but they are not the only ones.
Based on France national football team statistics and records, there are 38 French footballers who have scored 10 or more than 10 goals for the French national team with only three of them having scored 10 goals. However, the rest have scored more than 10 goals. And again based on the same statistics, only one of these footballers, namely Thierry Henry, has scored more than 50 goals and three of them including Henry have scored more than 40 goals for the French national team.
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Occupying the fifth position on the list of all time top goal scorers of France. David Trezeguet is a 43-year-old retired footballer who served the top Serie A club, Juventus. He serves more than any other club during his career. Actually for 10 years between 2000 and 2010 where he made 245 appearances and scored 138 goals for them. Trezeguet also served the French national team between 1998 and 2008 making 71 appearances and scoring 34 goals for them in the process. Which gets him an international goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.48 meaning that the top former French forward scored almost one goal (exactly 0.96) in every two appearances for his country's national team.
From among all the 34 goals Trezeguet scored for France 20 were scored at international friendlies, 2 at World Cup competitions including World Cup qualifying rounds, group stage and play-offs And with 12 at Euro competitions with Euro qualifying rounds getting a share of 9 and Euro group stage and play-offs a share of 3 from Trezeguet's international goals. Trezeguet was also part of the French national team who won 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 UEFA European Championship.
Another footballer on the list of all time top goal scorers of France, who is still in the business. Antoine Griezmann is by now 30 years old and have a few more years in front of him in his profession. Moreover, Griezmann already equalled his goals with the legend Michel Platini. Although, there is a high probability that Griezmann increases his international goals and improve his position on the list.
Griezmann has been serving the French national team since 2014 and during this time has made a total of 95 appearances. Also scored 38 goals for them which actually gets him an international goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.4 meaning that the top French forward has scored 2 goals in every 5 appearances. He has also served France U19, U20, and U21 teams. Actually between 2010 and 2012 making 25 appearances and scoring 6 goals for them in the process.
Griezmann was part of the French national team who won 2018 FIFA World Cup. And France U19 team who won UEFA European U19 Championship in 2010. From among all the 38 goals Griezmann has scored for France 14 have been scored at international friendlies, 6 at World Cup qualification rounds. Along with 4 at World Cup group stage and play-offs, 3 at Euro qualifying rounds, 7 at Euro competitions. And 4 at UEFA Nations League. Griezmann has also provided 27 assists and received 6 yellow cards in his international appearances.
The legendary French footballer whose name will never be forgotten in the France. And also world football, Michel Platini played as an attacking midfielder and only for 3 clubs including Juventus. However, During his career the other two are Nancy and Saint-Étienne. Being a midfielder and finishing third on the list of top scorers of a country (in our case France) is by itself an achievement let alone other achievements. Platini made a total of 72 appearances for the France national team between 1976 and 1987. And, as mentioned above, scored 41 goals for them during this time which actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.57 meaning the top retired French midfielder scored a little bit more than one goal in every two appearances that he made for his country's national team.
From among all the 41 goals Platini scored for France national team 14 were scored in international friendlies. With 12 at World Cup qualification rounds, 5 at World Cup group stage and play-offs. And 1 at a Euro qualifying round, and 9 at Euro competitions. Platini also provided 17 assists and received only one yellow card – actually in World Cup – during his international career. And it must be interesting here for you to know that Platini also played one match for the Kuwaiti national team in a friendly. He was played against the former Soviet Union in 1988. It's actually a year after his international retirement – at the Kuwaiti Emir's request which actually ended in Kuwait's 2-0 loss. Platini only played 21 minutes in that match.
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Olivier Giroud is a 34-year-old forward currently playing for the Serie A club, AC Milan. And having served the two top Premier League clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea, for some time during his career. Giroud has been serving the French national team since 2011 taking part in three editions of FIFA World Cup,. However, that's namely the 2010, 2014, and 2018 editions of the competition.
Well, let's see where actually Giroud's international goals have been scored. From among all the 46 goals Giroud has scored for France 26 were scored at international friendlies. Along with 7 at World Cup qualification rounds and group stage and play-offs. With the former getting a share of 6 and the latter. Moreover, getting a share of 1 from Giroud's international goals, 3 at Euro competitions, 6 at Euro qualifying rounds. And finally 4 at UEFA Nations League.
Giroud has also provided 13 assists and received seven yellow cards but no red card in all his international appearances. And all his 46 goals for France have been scored in 110 appearances. Along, which gets him an international goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.42. Moreover, he is very near to that of Henry. Also, means the same thing: A little bit more than 2 goals in every 5 appearances.
Based on France national football team statistics and records, Thierry Henry is the all time top goal scorers of France. Moreover, in fact, up until today. The top retired French forward scored a total of 51 goals in the 123 appearances. Although, he made for the French national team in between 1997 and 2010. Which actually gets him an international goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.41. It means that he scored a little bit more than two goals in every 5 appearances that he made for his country's national team.
From among all the record 51 goals Henry scored for France 17 were scored in international friendlies. Along with 12 at World Cup qualification rounds and World Cup group stage. And play-offs with each of them getting a share of 6 goals from Henry's international goals. Also, 12 at Euro qualifying rounds, 6 at Euro group stage and play-offs. And finally 4 at Confederations Cup. Henry also provided 30 assists, and received 7 yellow cards and one direct red card in his international appearances.