Attacking midfielder who starred for Stade Reims and Real Madrid during his 18-year club career. He was a member of the French national team from 1952 to 1962.
He toiled in the mines as a teenager, losing a finger in an accident.
He began his professional career with Angers after playing youth soccer with US Noeux-les-Mines.
He grew up in Pas-de-Calais in the northern part of France.
He was named by Pele as one of the 125 greatest living soccer players in 2004.