Raoul Diagne's father was from Senegal, an eminent politician who became the fist black member of the French Chamber of Deputies
Born in French Guiana, Diagne played 18 internationals for France from 1931-1940. He was the first African to play for France. He spent ten seasons (1930–1940) with Racing Club Paris, winning the league and cup double in 1936.
In later life Diagne managed the Senegal national side.