Patrice Evra identifies his five favourite French legends

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.“


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