France has severally been referred to as the sole African country remaining and thus, the Les Bleus have also attracted the support of a number of football fans across Africa.
Why does France have more African origin players in their national soccer team, than any other European nation?
Well, there is a, let’s say, strong connection between France and Africa, because of colonial times. Maybe the only other European country to share this kind of connection would be the UK.
Down the years some of the greatest French players could also have played for African national teams through their heritage‚ such as the legendary Zinedine Zidane‚ Samir Nasri and Karim Benzema (all Algeria)‚ Patrick Vieira (Senegal/Cape Verde)‚ Marcel Desailly (Ghana)‚ Patrice Evra (Senegal/Guinea/Cape Verde)‚ Claude Makelele (DR Congo) and Just Fontaine (Morocco).
Even the likes of Antoine Griezmann‚ Raphaël Varane and Olivier Giroud having roots from Germany, Martiniquais and Italy respectively are not purely from France.
Below are 12 France top superstars and their original countries they could represent apart from France.
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