Patrice Evra and Didier Deschamps.

Evra picks his five favourite Frenchmen

Wednesday 23 June 2021 09:00

Ahead of France's final group game with Portugal, we've decided to look back at Manchester United legend Patrice Evra's five favourite players from the country he represented with such distinction.

Back when he was at Old Trafford, our popular former left-back was asked by official magazine Inside United to name his favourite French stars.

In addition to one Reds icon, he also paid tribute to current Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps...

Zinedine Zidane lifts the World Cup aloft in 1998.
Zinedine Zidane

"In my opinion, Zizou was to the French team what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. For everything, for the elegance he brought to football. When he was playing football, it was like he was playing in his living room – especially his efficiency. When Zidane did a drag-back, it was not so he'd be applauded by the supporters; he did a drag-back to eliminate his opponent. Also, he was always the man in finals. Remember his goal in the 2002 Champions League final, the volley? You could watch it 10 times. It was a sublime volley.”

Thierry Henry

"Not only because he is a friend, but also for all he has brought to French football. He is the top scorer in French football history. All his stats, everything he did when he was an Arsenal player, all his trophies – he's won trophies that don't exist! What a player, what a player. His side-foot shot, every time I think: 'Goalkeepers - are they stupid or what? [Laughs] Do they not know that every time he is going to do the same shot, the same side-foot?' But he always scores in the end. For his whole career, I put Henry second."

Eric Cantona

"Because he opened the doors of Manchester United, and because of what he did for Manchester United. Also, he is 'The King'."

David Ginola

"Because of the qualities he had as a player, and he was fantastic when he played for PSG and Newcastle. And we share a similarity [laughs]: we've both been public enemies in France!"

David Ginola's skills were respected by Patrice Evra.
Didier Deschamps

"Because, in my opinion, he is the perfect example of what a winner is. He is a person who has the spirit of winning. He comes on to the pitch to win. He gave me a lot. I have to give him big thanks because it's thanks to him that I started my professional career with Monaco when I was 20. He's a coach and a man I will respect for life."