15 Greatest AS Monaco Players Ever

Who is the best AS Monaco players in the history of football?

AS Monaco's reputation as one of the best French League clubs is indeed no longer in doubt. The club has won seven Ligue 1 titles, five French Cup trophies, and once became the runner-up of 2004 Champions League. Moreover, in these recent years AS Monaco establishes a name as one of the richest clubs in the world after being taken over by a Russian billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev.

AS Monaco is also the place where the best French footballers such as Thierry Henry, Lilian Thuram, and David Trezeguet started their careers. The question is, who is the club's best player of all time? Find out the answer here, and be sure to vote for your favorite footballer!

15. Flavio Roma

Flavio Roma is an Italian keeper who was trusted to guard AS Monaco's goal for eight years, from 2001 to 2009. His performances at the club were very consistent and he was also very rarely got injured. His consistent career at AS Monaco earned him a place in the Italiy national football team squad in 2005, as a reserve player of Gianluigi Buffon. Unfortunately, throughout his career with AS Monaco, he only claimed one major trophy, which is Coupe de la Ligue he won in 2003.

14. Thierry Henry

Before being known as one of the best French strikers of all time, Thierry Henry started his professional career at AS Monaco. He made his debut in 1994 under the guidance of coach Arsene Wenger and was more often played as a left winger rather than a striker. In 1996, Henry successfully obtained a French Young Footballer of the Year award and in the following season he played a major role in helping his team win the Ligue 1. During five years playing for AS Monaco, Henry scored 20 goals in 105 games.

13. Lilian Thuram

Just like Thierry Henry, AS Monaco was Thuram's first club as a professional footballer. He debuted in 1991, but had to wait until 1992 to earn a place in the first-team squad. With his solid stature and excellent defending abilities, Thuram quickly attracted the attention of various big clubs outside France and finally left Monaco to join Parma in 1996. In total, he played in 155 matches and scored eight goals for the club.

12. Fabien Barthez

Fabian Barthez's best career period as a footballer was passed with AS Monaco. He played for the club in the 1995-2000 period, winning two Ligue 1 titles. Not only that, when he was part of AS Monaco, Barthez helped France national team claim the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 trophies. As a goalkeeper, Barthez was known as a very eccentric player who did not hesitate to run forward out of the penalty box in order to stop the opponent's attack.

11. Marco Simone

Although he joined AS Monaco for only two years, the Italian striker gave incredible contribution for the club. His debut season in 1999 was brilliant, in which Simone scored 21 goals, 15 assists, and led Monaco win the Ligue 1. Simone was known as a player with exceptional dribbling skills, techniques, and creativity. After his retirement, he worked as a coach of AS Monaco from 2011 to 2012.

10. George Weah

AS Monaco is Weah's first club in the European League, a stepping stone before he won numerous prestigious title with Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan. Joining in 1988, Weah was brought by Arsene Wenger from Tonnerre Yaoundé, a Cameroon League club. His career at Monaco went pretty well, where Weah quickly earned a place in the first team and was instrumental in helping his team win the French Cup in 1991. In total, Weah netted 47 goals in 103 appearances for AS Monaco.

9. Jean Petit

Playing as a midfielder, Jean Petit spent his entire 13-year professional career joining AS Monaco. The best period of his career occurred in 1978, where he led Monaco claim the Ligue 1 title as well being part of France squad in the 1978 World Cup. Upon his retirement, Petit has dedicated his career working as a coach and assistant coach of AS Monaco from 1987 until now.

8. Manuel Amoros

Manuel Amoros was the number-one right back of France national team in the 1980s. He joined AS Monaco from 1980 to 1989. Besides winning a Ligue 1 title for AS Monaco, he also led the French national team claim the Euro 1984 trophy. Amoros was known as a tough and consistent defender. He was even awarded the title as the best right-back in the 1986 World Cup tournament.

7. Ludovic Giuly

For six years playing for AS Monaco from 1998 to 2004, Giuly showed scintillating performances. He was not only prolific in scoring, but was also able to change the playing style of the whole team. Giuly is known as an attacking midfielder with exceptional dribbling skills. He is also fast, agile, and smart. At AS Monaco, he won a Ligue 1 title and a Coupe de la Ligue trophy.

6. David Trezeguet

Trezeguet joined AS Monaco in 1995 and earned a place in the first team in the 1997-98 season. In that season, he became the second top scorer of Ligue 1, with a record of 18 goals in 27 appearances. During his career at AS Monaco, he formed a partnership with Thierry Henry, a striker who later would be recognized as a legend in the world of football. At the club, Trezeguet won two French league titles and a Trophee des Champions.

5. Victor Ikpeba

The Nigerian striker became a mainstay of AS Monaco in the mid 1990s, scoring a total of 77 goals. This record makes Ikpeba listed as the fourth top scorer of all time of AS Monaco. His best performances occurred in 1997, when he played a major role in helping AS Monaco win the Ligue 1. Not only that, in the same year he also won the African Footballer of the Year award. He left AS Monaco in 1999 to Borussia Dortmund for a fee of 4.8 million pounds.

4. Sonny Anderson

Sonny Anderson is one of the Brazilian strikers with the most consistent performances in the French League. He joined AS Monaco in 1994 from Olympique Marseille. Just like most Brazilians, Anderson has outstanding techniques and creativity. During three years playing for the club, he scored 51 goals in 91 French League games. As an AS Monaco player, he won a Ligue 1 title and also once became the top scorer of the competition.

3. Claude Puel

Not only being successful as a player, Claude Puel also claimed several prestigious trophy as manager of AS Monaco. Playing as a defensive midfielder, Puel spent the entire 17-year career as a professional footballer joining AS Monaco. He helped the club win two Ligue 1 titles and three French Cup trophies. After his retirement, he coached the club in the 1999-2001 period and presented a Ligue 1 championship.

2. Jean-Luc Ettori

Ettori is a French legendary goalkeeper who holds the record of most number of appearances for AS Monaco, with a total of 755 caps. His loyalty is indeed no longer in doubt because Ettori spent his entire career from 1975 to 1992 played for AS Monaco. He also briefly held the record as a player with the most number of appearances in Ligue 1 ever before being surpassed by Mickael Landreau in 2013. In total, Ettori won three Ligue 1 titles and three French Cup trophies. He also became a first-choice goalkeeper of France national team in the 1982 World Cup.

1. Delio Onnis

Delio Onnis holds the record as the all-time top scorer of Ligue 1 with a total of 299 goals. He joined AS Monaco in the period 1973-1980, scoring 223 goals, a number that makes him become the most prolific players in the history of the club. At Monaco, he won a French League title, a Coupe de France, and twice became the top scorer of Ligue 1. The Argentine striker of Italian descent was also known as a very effective, strong, and agile target-man.

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