France may not have won a World Cup since 1998, but they’ve never been shy of producing some absolutely cracking players.
They’ve lit up pitches not just in real life, but also as part of EA’s much-loved FIFA series.
We take a trip down memory lane and revisit the best French players from each edition of FIFA since 2010- all with one thing in common.
Check it out:
FIFA 10- Nicolas Anelka
Overall rating: 90
Once considered one of the best strikers around, it’s hard to believe Nicolas Anelka used to play for Bolton Wanderers.
But nobody could get close to him back in the old FIFA 10 days.
His incredible 91 pace and 86 dribbling, coupled with his impressive height, made him one of the most menacing forwards on the game.
FIFA 11- Samir Nasri
Overall rating- 89
Believe it or not, Samir Nasri was once rated 89 on FIFA.
Before you laugh, he was actually a midfield beast on the game six years ago; possessing near-perfect dribbling and passing skills with a decent burst of pace.
This was, of course, way before his fall-out with the France national team and his decline at Manchester City, but its no wonder the Blues forked out £24 million for his services.
One of France’s great ‘what if’s?’
FIFA 12- Franck Ribery
Overall rating- 92 (blue card)
Just look at those stats.
The great French winger had four out of six attributes over the 90 mark, making him the outstanding tricky winger everyone wanted in their side.
This was Franck Ribery in his prime, and he’s continued to be a French FIFA legend ever since- his FIFA 17 card this year had a huge 86 rating despite the Bayern man being 34 years-old.
FIFA 13- Franck Ribery
Overall rating- 94 (blue card)
Franck Ribery is back again a year later as the best Frenchman in FIFA 13.
And his blue card did not disappoint.
This time he eclipsed his 2012 rating with an incredible card containing a whopping 96 pace.
Despite his increased overall, his dribbling, passing and shooting went down slightly, but remember, this guy was 30…
FIFA 14- Franck Ribery
Overall rating- 96 (blue card)
Alright, this is getting ridiculous now.
It’s another non-mover by the time 2014 came around.
You guessed it, Franck takes top spot.
We’re not quite sure how he’s done it, but his blue team of the season card reached an eye-watering 96 rating, making him probably one of the best wingers in the world- let alone France.
His 96 pace meant he would give a cheetah a run for its money in a land race, while his 98 dribbling ensured Ribery could probably dribble his way round a rush-hour Tube carriage.
That’s some card…
FIFA 15- Paul Pogba
Overall rating- 91 (blue card)
Move along, Ribery.
FIFA 15 brought a superior Frenchman to the table, in the shape of 22 year-old Paul Pogba.
His card, however, was nothing short of extraordinary for a player of such a premature age, with height, strength, pace and accuracy all in his locker.
Every one of the midfielder’s attributes were at least 85 or more, making him an all-round, versatile tank at the heart of the field.
FIFA 16- Antoine Griezmann
Overall rating- 95 (blue card)
FIFA 16 was Antoine Griezmann’s breakthrough year.
His attacking stats were out of this world in last year’s game, bagging him a huge 96 rating.
His 97 shooting made him lethal in front of goal while his 85 physicality made sure he wasn’t budged off the ball.
A real goal-machine.
FIFA 17- Antoine Griezmann
Overall rating- 95
Despite his stats reducing this year, Griezmann still retains the characteristic attacking prowess that make him one of the most exciting French strikers around with a towering 95 rating.
New Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette came a close second in the race to be France’s best FIFA 17 player- will we be seeing Griezmann join his countryman in the Premier League soon?
Who are you backing to be France’s greatest player on FIFA 18?