Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of PSG’s greatest ever players.
But there was one thing the now-Manchester United striker got a little bit wrong.
The Swedish legend claimed the Ligue 1 side didn’t exist before the Qatari owners bought the club in 2011.
Now there are a lot of things Zlatan can do, but erasing these twelve awesome players from history isn’t one of them.
Ibrahimovic might have to content himself with being the second best player ever to play for PSG, thanks to this man. And don’t even think about saying Barcelona made Ronaldinho who he was. The Brazil legend’s only World Cup win plus THAT goal against England both came while he was still playing in Paris.
2 Jay Jay Okocha
Some say he taught Ronaldinho everything he knew. PSG bought Okocha for £14m – a record fee for an African player at the time. As always, the Nigerian’s hypnotic style of football was worth the entry fee alone. Letting him join Bolton on a free transfer might well go down as the worst decision in PSG’s history.
3 Claude Makelele
The man who had a position named after him is a legend at all his six clubs. Nevermind that he was 34 when he joined PSG from Chelsea, Makelele was still good enough to snuff out any Ligue 1 attacks that came his way. He hung up his boots after three glorious years in the French capital.
4 Mario Yepes
Few players are as fondly remembered at the Parc des Princes as the former Colombia captain. Even at the ripe old age of 38 the centre-back was bossing all comers at the 2014 World Cup, so you can imagine how good he was when he joined PSG ten years before that.
Ronaldinho may be the most famous Brazilian number ten to play for PSG, but Rai had the most success at the club. The 1994 World Cup-winner helped PSG to the Ligue 1 title, two French Cups, a League Cup and the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, but on the world stage he never enjoyed the fame of older brother Socrates.
6 Gabriel Heinze
Seven years as Argentina’s first choice left-back shows just how reliable Gabriel Heinze was. He enjoyed an impressive three years in Paris before Fergie came calling. Heinze’s Old Trafford career was an unqualified success, right up until he said he wanted to join Liverpool. Patrice Evra soon replaced him.
7 George Weah
Signed from Arsene Wenger’s Monaco in 1992, Weah led the line during PSG’s most successful pre-2011 era. But bigger things awaited for the man who later came agonisingly close to becoming president of Liberia. He joined Milan in 1995 and won Serie A in his first year at the club.
8 Ludovic Giuly
Famed for finishing runner up in the 2004 Champions League with Monaco, and going one better when he joined Barcelona, Giuly made 125 appearances for PSG from 2008-2011. Incredibly he now plays for French Fourth tier side Monts d’Or Azergues in a stadium named after him – the Stade Ludovic Giuly.
9 Mauricio Pochettino
Ok, maybe we are just looking for any excuse to include the Spurs manager. But he was one of the first names on PSG’s teamsheet between 2001-2003. Extra points also go to Pochettino for helping England knock Argentina out of the 2002 World Cup by needlessly bringing down Michael Owen in the box.
10 Nicolas Anelka
Almost certainly the best player to play for both PSG and Man City before they became loaded. Nicolas ‘Le Sulk’ Anelka started his career at the Parc des Princes in 1996 and rebuilt it there in 2000 after throwing his toys out of the pram at both Arsenal and Real Madrid. He left for Maine Road in 2002 for £13m.
For a guy that averaged more than a goal every other game for club and country, Pauleta really doesn’t get enough credit. Maybe that’s because he played in front of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Rui Costa for Portugal. He was PSG’s record scorer until 2015 when that record was broken by, you’ve guessed it, Zlatan.
12 David Ginola
Spurs and Newcastle fans will agree we’ve saved the best until last. Those who weren’t seduced by the man off the pitch soon were when he stepped on the hallowed White Hart Lane and St James Park turf. But before crossing the channel, Ginola’s flair accompanied Weah and Rai in PSG’s golden generation.
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