The former Manchester United keeper had his moments at Old Trafford.
The future of Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been cast into doubt recently. Reports last week indicated he would consider a move away from the club should they, as expected, fail to qualify for the Champions League.
He has been linked with several teams. The Mirror reported earlier in the week that Lloris was wanted by Paris Saint-Germain. But they also claimed that Manchester United would make a move for the player - if David De Gea made a rumoured move to Real Madrid in the summer.
But one former French international does not think too highly of the Tottenham man.
Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes played 11 times for France in a career in which he played as a one-team player at Nantes.
"Barthez was outstanding, while Lloris is not.
"He is very good, but he lacks presence.
"If you put Lloris and [Manuel] Neuer in two different goals, you would prefer to shoot at Lloris' one."
Barthez spent four seasons at United after excelling on the international stage with Les Bleus in 2000, for a fee reported by the BBC to be a British record for a goalkeeper of £7.8m.
Barthez had a mixed spell at United, characterised by the odd blinding save, eccentricity and of course, some calamitous clangers.
Tottenham fans regard Lloris highly and will certainly disagree that Barthez was a better stopper. Manchester United fans would also hope so if Lloris did arrive. As fun as Barthez was, they would not want to go through that again.