3- Left wing backs
George Thomas, The Rugged
Born in the north of France in the Pas-de-Calais region on December 31 1931, George Thomas was already 24 years old when he began his professional career with AS Monaco FC in 1955. A tenacious left-back, he played 290 official matches in Rouge et Blanc over nine seasons before ending his career with stints at Nice and Orleans. Winner of the Coupe de France in 1960, he was a member of the first championship-winning side of 1961, as well as the unique double winning ASM of 1963.
Alfred Vitalis, The Marquis
Recruited by ASM in 1970 at just 17 years of age, Alfred Vitalis made his professional debut a year later. He enjoyed two stints at AS Monaco FC, from 1970 to 1974 and from 1977 to 1983, either side of three seasons with Tours FC (1974-77). Nicknamed 'The Marquis' by his coach Armand Forcherio because of the origins of his family name (Vitalis de Neuville), Alfred Vitalis became an integral part of the team during his second period at the club under the direction of Lucien Leduc, playing 279 matches for Les Rouge et Blanc. French champion in 1978 and winner of the Coupe de France in 1980 as left-back, he then moved into central defence during the 1981-82 season, winning his second league title.
Luc Sonor, The Antilles Arrow
Born in Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe, Luc Sonor moved to the French mainland in 1975, signing for Sedan. He spent four seasons in Les Ardennes, before joining FC Metz for three years and then signing with AS Monaco FC in 1986. He spent nine seasons in the principality, becoming a France international and winning the championship in 1988 and the Coupe de France in 1991. A hard man-marker, he also loved to get forward and attack. He was also a versatile player that could play at right-back or in central defence. Between 1986 and 1995, Luc Sonor played 315 matches for Les Monégasques.
Éric Di Meco, The Tenacious
Currently a pundit on beIN Sport and RMC Sport, Eric di Meco is best known for his 13 years spent at Marseille before ending his playing career at AS Monaco FC from 1994 to 1998 under the direction of Arsène Wenger and then former teammate, Jean Tigana, where he won his fifth French championship in 1997. During this time he moved into the centre of defence, but his commitment, his tackles and his raids down the left flank remain fresh in the memory.
Patrice Evra, The Revelation
Spotted in Ligue 2 with OGC Nice, who he helped to promotion to Ligue 1 in 2002, Patrice Evra joined AS Monaco FC that same summer. Under coach Didier Deschamps, the left-back showed he had all the necessary ingredients to make it at the top, especially during that remarkable Champions League run of 2003-04. During that magical season, Patrice Evra formed a fantastic partnership with Jérôme Rothen on the left wing. After making 163 appearances for Les Rouge et Blanc and earning his first caps with Les Bleus, he joined Manchester United in 2006.