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Where is Fabien Barthez now?
Renowned for his flamboyance between the sticks, French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez retired from playing professionally in 2007 after a short spell playing for French side Nantes in Ligue 1.
After a brief period playing on the beach soccer circuit, Barthez set out on a new career path in the motor sport world in 2008.
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To say that he took the sport by storm is an understatement, and he was crowned France’s FT motor sport champion in 2013 winning the French GT Championship by a clear 21 points ahead of their nearest rivals which included ex Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve.
A year later, Barthez made his Le Mans 24 Hour race debut driving a Ferrari and finishing a respectable ninth place in the GTE class.
Barthez also participated in the 2016 Le Mans race driving a Ligier which is capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph. He finished in 12th place.
Fabien Barthez is also honorary president of French lower league side Luzenac, a position he has held since 2012.
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Fabien Barthez #One2Eleven (4-3-3 Formation)
Fabien Barthez was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in August 2014 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Fabien Barthez – I have chosen a team in which I would have liked to have played in therefore I have picked myself.
CB – Laurent Blanc – the thing that made him stand out was that he could calm his team mates down. He had great anticipation and we understood each other instantly.
CB – Marcel Desailly – he was less of a leader, more like a warrior. He was a rock at the back but also a fair player.
RB – Lilian Thuram – a very calm and intelligent player. I used to get annoyed by him as I always wanted the ball off him.
LB – Bixente Lizarazu – very organised in a German way A good healthy person with a very positive mind-set.
CM – Paul Scholes – for me you can put him on the same level as the Brazilian Ronaldo. I always knew he was a good player but after I played alongside him, I realised that he was Manchester United’s all time greatest player
CM – Emmanuel Petit – I adore him as a person. A great midfielder who was physically strong and like Scholes could score goals.
CM – Zinedine Zidane – for me the greatest player of the century and a very close friend of mine.
RW – Thierry Henry – enjoyed a laugh before the game but was deadly serious on the pitch. Very pacy player and a great dribbler.
LW – Ryan Giggs – similar to Henry in that he loves life. A very generous guy who would help anyone out. He will become a very good manager because he knows the game so well and has a lot of heart.
ST – Rudi Voller – the ‘fox in the box’, a World Cup winner, he won it all. A real class act who I spent time with at Marseille.
Fabien Barthez: Premier League Statistics
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Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com