Like other major French clubs such as Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique de Marseille and Paris Saint Germain, the Principality’s club has seen many legends evolve who have worn the red and white jersey.
From 1973 to 1980, the player was to forever mark the history of the Monegasque club. During this period, he scored 223 goals in 278 matches in all competitions, making him the most prolific goal scorer in the history of AS Monaco. To put it simply: legendary. He was also the major architect of the club’s rise to the premier division and the triumph of the French championship in 1978.
Onnis is also known for his opportunistic style of play, always well-placed and cold as a blade in the opposing penalty area.
Jean-Luc Ettori, the renowned goalkeeper of the red and white club, is also the player who has played the most matches for the AS Monaco with no less than 754 appearances. He remained loyal to the Rock from 1975 to 1994, a period during which he was the source of defeat for many first-division strikers. His reflexes on the line and his sense of anticipation in the air made him a goalkeeper who was both spectacular, feared by his opponents and incredibly effective.
Winner of the French championship in 1978, 1982 and 1988, three French Cups and a cup final, his record is among the most extensive in the club’s history.
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The only Ballon d’or winner of African origin in history, George Weah played for AS Monaco from 1988 to 1992, during which time he played 149 matches and scored 66 goals for the club. The player will have inspired many children to dream about his exploits in the early 1990s. It must be said that the combination of speed, impact and composure in front of goal was quite unique.
However, his record of achievements with the club from the Principality remains rather meagre, as he has not won a single French championship. His only line in the Monegasque record is a French Cup secured against Olympique de Marseille in 1991.
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The former Arsenal and France international player also played for AS Monaco from 1988 to 1997, where he was an essential part of the midfield. A true playmaker and football thinker, Emmanuel Petit contributed to the great results of the principality’s club. He played a total of 292 matches for 5 goals scored.
During the 1990/1991 season, he won the French Cup against Marseille. His record of achievements also sports a French Championship won in 1997.
Along with Jean-Luc Ettori and Claude Puel, he is the only one to have played more than 400 matches for AS Monaco. His 13 years with the club make him one of the club’s most loyal players. And, of course, one of the most emblematic. For the fans, he will forever remain as the symbol of Monaco 1978, which won the French championship when he was only just promoted.
His record of achievements is as follows: two championships (1978 and 1982) and a French Cup in 1980.
Many players could have been cited, serving as honourable mentions. These include Sonny Anderson, Claude Puel, right-back Lilian Thuram, David Trezeguet, Manuel Amoros and Fabien Barthez.