Which France stars have made the biggest European impact?

Do Antoine Griezmann, Raphaël Varane or Hugo Lloris make it into our lists of France's top UEFA competition performers?

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

115: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
111: Patrice Evra (Monaco, Manchester United, Juventus)
104: Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
96: Claude Makelele (Nantes, Real Madrid, Chelsea)
87: Mikaël Silvestre (Internazionale, Manchester United, Arsenal, Werder Bremen)
85: Gaël Clichy (Arsenal, Manchester City, İstanbul Başakşehir)
83: Florent Malouda (Lyon, Chelsea)
82: Franck Ribéry (Bayern München)
82: Robert Pirès (Marseille, Arsenal, Villarreal)
82: Zinédine Zidane (Juventus, Real Madrid)

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

France's top #UCL scorer Karim Benzema
France's top #UCL scorer Karim Benzema©Getty Images

56: Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
51: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
32: David Trezeguet (Monaco, Juventus)
28: Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille, Milan, Bayern)
20: Nicolas Anelka (Paris, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe, Bolton, Juventus)
18: Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad, Atlético Madrid)
17:
Michel Platini (Saint-Étienne, Juventus)
17: Franck Ribéry (Bayern München)
15: Robert Pirès (Marseille, Arsenal, Villarreal)
15: Sylvain Wiltord (Bordeaux, Arsenal, Lyon)

Most appearances by French players in UEFA club competition*

Claude Makélélé and Zinédine Zidane
Claude Makélélé and Zinédine Zidane©Getty Images

140: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona)
134: Claude Makelele (Nantes, Celta Vigo, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Paris)
124: Patrice Evra (Monaco, Manchester United, Juventus, Marseille)
122: Zinédine Zidane (Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid)
117: Robert Pirès (Metz, Marseille, Arsenal, Villarreal)
113: Lilian Thuram (Monaco, Parma, Juventus, Barcelona)
110: Franck Ribéry (Marseille, Bayern München)
107: Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
104: Patrick Vieira (Cannes, Arsenal, Juventus, Internazionale, Manchester City)
99: Bixente Lizarazu (Bordeaux, Bayern)

Top-scoring French players in UEFA club competition*

Jean-Pierre Papin in 1991
Jean-Pierre Papin in 1991©Bob Thomas/Getty Images

59: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona)
56: Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
40: Jean-Pierre Papin (Club Brugge, Marseille, Milan, Bayern)
37: David Trezeguet (Monaco, Juventus)
30: Michel Platini (Saint-Étienne, Juventus)
28: Nicolas Anelka (Paris, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Fenerbahçe, Bolton, Chelsea, Juventus)
28: Kevin Gameiro (Strasbourg, Paris, Sevilla, Atlético Madrid)
25:
Djibril Cissé (Auxerre, Liverpool, Marseille, Panathinaikos, Lazio, Kuban Krasnodar)
24: Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad, Atlético Madrid)
24:
Franck Ribéry (Marseille, Bayern)
24: Stéphane Guivarc'h (Auxerre, Rennes, Newcastle)

Notable French firsts

Madrid crowned first winners
Madrid crowned first winners

First French team to appear in a European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Stade de Reims (lost 4-3 v Real Madrid, 1956)

First Frenchman to win European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Raymond Kopa (Real Madrid 2-0 Fiorentina, 1957)

First French team to win the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Marseille 1-0 Milan, 1993

First French player to score in a UEFA Champions League final
Basile Boli (Marseille 1-0 Milan, 1993)

First/only French club to win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Paris 1-0 Austria Wien (1996)

*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

**played at least one minute

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