Lilian Thuram was born in the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe. Thuram moved to France when he was 9 years old. Along with Thuram, Guadeloupe can also lay claim to having produced Thierry Henry, one of football’s deadliest strikers.

Thuram is the most capped French footballer player of all time, with 142 appearances between 1994 and 2008 winning the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000. Thuram grew up playing football with other kids on the streets of Paris, and by 1991 he playing with the French club, Monaco, in Ligue 1. Aimé Jacquet, the French national coach at the time, gave Lilian Thuram his international debut, along with Zinedine Zidane. The pair would form the spine of the greatest ever French team.

Thuram was one of the many players who spoke out against French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, the right-wing French politician.

Thuram scored both goals against surprise package Croatia in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, which propelled France to the final. After the World Cup in France, Thuram returned to Northern Italy with his club team, Parma. It was a memorable season as his side achieved a treble, with the club winning the Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italia and the UEFA Cup.

After winning the treble with Parma and Euro 2000 with France, Thuram moved to fellow Italian club, Juventus, for £25 Million pounds. He became the world most expensive defender, winning the Italian League in the process.

Thuram has his own charity in which tackles racism through education.

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