At the end of the year, “L’Équipe” pays tribute to the greatest legends of football and auctions its most beautiful shots on November 8 at 6 p.m. at the Millon auction house. Discover some of the most beautiful photos and choose your favourite.
Diego Maradona – 1982
Aged 21 during this friendly match against Germany, in Buenos Aires (1-1), Diego Armando Maradona is already the playmaker of Argentina. He who honored his first selection with the Albiceleste at the age of 16 continues to perform well in the early 1980s. The road to success is traced for the future “D10S”.
Pele – 1960
Edson Arantes do Nascimento aka Pelé. The star of the previous 1958 World Cup in Sweden crowded, with his club Santos, on French soil on the occasion of the 1960 Paris Tournament. Signatures, interviews, photos: the pre-season competition turned into media tour for the young King Pelé (19), admired by the French public.
Michael Platini – 1986
Dance with the Brazilian stars
“He is the only one who could have played in any Brazilian team and in any position”. When it comes to paying homage to Michel Platini, Pelé does not beat around the bush. Like “Platoche” by the way, who tries to sneak through the Brazilian defense during the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup.
Raymond Kopa – 1958
Raymond Kopa with the Merengues jersey in 1958, the year of his Ballon d’Or. In 1956, his arrival at Real was a considerable event. He invents everything we envy of France: elegance, glamour, class. In addition, phonetically, his name means “cut”. Quite a symbol.
Zinedine Zidane – 1998
And Zidane popped up. Twice.
The best French player could not distinguish himself better than on this day of the World Cup final. He has not yet been marked in this World Cup, but will greatly catch up and put the Blues on the path to success. In the 27th minute, Emmanuel Petit fired a corner from the right at the near post where Zizou headed in, ahead of Leonardo and propelling the ball into the Brazilian net. It was Aimé Jacquet who had advised him to post himself at the first post, after noting a certain laxity in the South American marking. He will do it again in the 45th minute: Djorkaeff, this time, will shoot the corner from the left for the skull of ZZ, which will cut the trajectory at the near post. The ball will spin between the legs of Roberto Carlos, last defender.
Karim Benzema – 2022
Karim Benzema celebrates Real Madrid’s qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League after their victory against PSG (3-1). KB9 will have been the hero of the match. Author of a hat-trick (61st, 76th, 78th), he overturned the meeting. By scoring his 309th but that night, he overtook Alfredo Di Stefano and became Real’s third top scorer in history. Today, the Frenchman has overtaken Raul (323 goals with Real) and ranks just behind Cristiano Ronaldo (450 goals) in the historical ranking of Madrid scorers.
George Best – 1969
Best, the fifth Beatles
Going back impossible once you become a world star. George Best, in costume, is followed by the usual media tidal wave at the exit of Old Trafford in 1969. A success which pleases the attacker. Parties, alcohol, gambling: Best allowed himself all the excesses during his career.
Kylian Mbappe – 2018
“If Kylian continues to equal my records like this, I may have to dust off my cleats again”, laughs Pelé, on Twitter, after Mbappé’s performance in the World Cup final against Croatia (4-2). The number 10 of the France team (19 years and six months at the time) is the second youngest player to score in the final of a World Cup, after Pelé (17 years and 8 months) in 1958.
Jean-Pierre Papin – 1992
Papinede. Common name. Feminine. Jean-Pierre Papin’s trademark way: a powerful volley, a lying scissor or an upside-down scissor. “JPP”, five times top scorer in Ligue 1 from 1988 to 1992, continues to chat in an OM jersey, like here against Montpellier in April 1992 (0-0). His trademark.
John Cruyff – 1978
“El flaco” (“the thin one”), as he was nicknamed at FC Barcelona, here against Rayo Vallecano (1-1), during his last season with the club. When he arrived in Catalonia in 1974, Johan Cruyff, with his clever game and his technique, allowed Barça to win the 1973-1974 La Liga, after 14 years without a title. After his playing career, the Dutchman will return as a coach (1988 to 1996) to put the Blaugranas back in the spotlight.
Megan Rapinoe – 2019
Rapinoe takes a corner in the 2019 World Cup final. 57,000 spectators packed into the Lyon stadium for the final between the United States and the Netherlands (2-0). A meeting refereed by the Frenchwoman, Stéphanie Frappart.
Platini Jubilee – 1988
Dream casting at Marcel-Picot
There weren’t enough number ten’s for everyone. Diego Maradona, Enzo Francescoli, Ruud Gullit, Rabah Madjer, Lothar Matthäus, Zico and King Pelé: the greatest players of the time came to celebrate the end of Michel Platini’s career. For one day, the Marcel Picot stadium in Nancy has become the capital of football.