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Griezmann, Benzema, Mbappé, Giroud: who are France's top UEFA Champions League performers?

Which French players have made the most appearances and scored the most goals?

Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé and Olivier Giroud
Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé and Olivier Giroud

Most appearances in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

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

Watch 60 Karim Benzema Champions League goals
Watch 60 Karim Benzema Champions League goals

Top-scoring players in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

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

Champions League 100 club: Thierry Henry
Champions League 100 club: Thierry Henry

Most appearances in UEFA club competition*

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

Champions League icon: Zinédine Zidane
Champions League icon: Zinédine Zidane

Top-scoring players in UEFA club competition*

70: 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)
34: Olivier Giroud (Montpellier, Arsenal, Chelsea)
33: Kevin Gameiro (Strasbourg, Paris, Sevilla, Atlético de Madrid, Valencia)
32: Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad, Atlético de Madrid, Barcelona)
30: Michel Platini (St-Étienne, Juventus)
28: Nicolas Anelka (Paris, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Fenerbahçe, Bolton, Chelsea, Juventus)
28: Guillaume Hoarau (Paris, Young Boys)

Key facts

Most successful European club: Marseille (1 European Cup win)
Most European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League games: Lyon (148)
Most European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League goals: Paris (243)
First team to compete in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League: Stade de Reims (runners-up,1955/56)
First team to win the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League: Marseille (1992/93)

Marseille's 1993 Champions League glory
Marseille's 1993 Champions League glory

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

• In 2014, Real Madrid boss Zinédine Zidane became the first French-born coach to lift the trophy; he had previously won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid as a player in 2002. Helenio Herrera, a two-time winner with Inter Milan, also had French citizenship 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 Frenchman to score in a UEFA Champions League final. France also can boast the first final scorer: Michel Leblond opened the scoring for Stade de Reims in the first European Cup final in 1956, though Real Madrid ran out 4-3 winners at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

Watch the fastest ever Champions League hat-trick
Watch the fastest ever Champions League hat-trick

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

• The oldest hat-trick scorer in UEFA Champions League history is also a Frenchman: Olivier Giroud hit four at Sevilla for Chelsea in December 2020 aged 34 years 63 days.

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup