From Marseille to Milan: Serie A’s best Frenchmen

Lucien Leduc, Emile Bongiorno and Ferenc Nyers led the first wave of French footballers to move to Serie A in the immediate post-war years only for Italian interest to dry up with none of the trio making much impact.

Over the next couple of decades, just a further two French internationals of note transferred to Italy with only striker Nestor Combin an unequivocal success. But then came Platini in 1982 and Frenchmen have been a significant part of the Italian scene ever since.

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Many fine players just failed to make the cut for this team of France’s best players in Serie A history – especially attackers.

Undoubtedly the most contentious omission is that of Zinedine Zidane, a player who illuminated Serie A with moments of rare genius, but was less productive overall than the forwards selected instead.


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