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10 French Superstars Who Could Have Played For African Countries

With Manchester United's Paul Pogba recently recalling his decision to choose France over Guinea, here are another nine high-profile past and present French internationals who could have represented African countries.

Click through the gallery above to see 10 former and current France stars who had the option of playing for African nations, according to Transfermarkt!

In a recent interview, Pogba revealed that he decided to represent Les Bleus because it was always a dream of his, despite his Guinean roots. Both his older brothers represented the African country they were born in, but were delighted to see their younger sibling being called up for France.

Many French footballers have a similar story, including 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 UEFA European Championship winner Zinedine Zidane, whose parents emigrated to the French capital from Algeria in 1953.

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The former Real Madrid player would have been eligible to play for the Desert Foxes, but began what became an incredible international career with France in 1994, when he was 22 years old. Zidane went on to play 107 times for Les Bleus, contributing to 61 goals.

Patrick Vieira and Marcel Desailly were born in Senegal and Ghana, respectively, and thus could have played their home international matches on the African continent had they made different decisions when they were younger, while Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon.

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Having been born in France, however, the Paris Saint-Germain striker chose to represent the European nation, with his father, Wilfried Mbappe, once suggesting that his son might have played for the Indomitable Lions if it was not for corruption. There are more French football icons who would have been eligible to play for African countries – click through the gallery above to see them!

Do you wish any of the French stars in the gallery represented their African countries? Let us know in the comments section below.


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