Playing for the France National Team, Petit earned 63 caps and scored 6 international goals in his career and won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the Euro 2000. He scored twice in the 1998 World Cup, the first came from a powerful shot from just outside the box against Denmark, which turned out to be the match winner, and a second in the final against Brazil. Petit was also part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad. Petit retired from international football in September 2003.
Petit married French actress Agathe de La Fontaine and made her his wife in 2000, but later divorced her in 2002 after having one child, Zoe. He now shares a life with Maria Servello, with whom he had another child, Violet, in 2007. He has often appeared on French TV as a football analyst.
The French footballer has an estimated net worth of $245 million. Petit is the highest-paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between August 2015 and August 2016. He is of white ethnicity and of French nationality. He is currently of age 46.