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The only 10 players awarded with the “l’Equipe” perfect 10/10 score for a game

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L’Equipe is a French international daily newspaper specialized in sports news, they provide infamously ruthless player ratings for every game, and throughout history only 10 players have been awarded with the perfect score of 10/10 for their in-game performances corresponding to the “perfect match”.

The last one who have been awarded with the perfect score is Lucas Moura with his incredible performance against Ajax Amsterdam during the Semi-final of the 2019 Champions League.

Lucas Moura – Tottenham vs Ajax (3- 2), UEFA Champions League semi-final 08/05/2019

An exceptional halftime, an evening for history. A year and a half after leaving PSG for €27 million, the 26-year-old Brazilian striker from Tottenham scored an unexpected hat-trick and was (almost) all he had to do to send the Spurs to the Champions League final for the first time, while Ajax were leading by three goals in both games. And given all the efforts Lucas put into the whole meeting, he clearly deserved it.

Dusan Tadic Ajax vs Real Madrid (4- 1),  Round of 16 UEFA Champions League 05/03/2019

The 30-year-old Serbian striker, who was already magnificent in the first leg, made the perfect match. Of those who mark a career and will make him a very popular player. With two assists to his name, he scored the third goal with a sublime left-foot shot from 16 meters out. The Serbian international has also made some delicious moves, such as the one in front of Casemiro on the second goal or the same move in front of the Real Madrid surface in the second half.

Neymar – PSG vs Dijon (8 – 0), Ligue 1 2018

With four goals and two assists to his name, the Brazilian prodigy, who moved from Barcelona during the off-season, is the driving force behind the 8-0 win over Dijon, the largest in PSG’s history at home. However, he was whistled by a part of the Parc des Princes when he took the penalty of the 8-0 in the 83rd minute, while Edinson Cavani was in a position to become the club’s all-time leading scorer.

Carlos Eduardo – Guingamp vs Nice (2 – 7), Ligue 1 2014

The Brazilian midfielder became the first player to win a 10/10 score in the French Championship. Facing Guingamp, he scored  five times during the game. It is necessary to go back to April 28, 1984 to find a similar performance with Tony Kurbos’ sextuplet, during Metz’ victory in Nîmes (7-3).

Lionel Messi – Barcelona vs Leverkusen (7-1), Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League 2012

On 7 March 2012, the Argentinian prodigy atomised Leverkusen by scoring five goals, a record, making Messi the first player to do so in the Champions League era.

Lionel Messi(AGAIN) – Barcelona-vs Arsenal (4-1),  quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League 2010

Messi is a special player. He is the only one who has scored  the grade of 10/10 for L’Equipe twice.

In 2010 after a first leg against Arsenal that ended in a draw of the Champions League quarter final, Messi scored all of the 4  Barcelona’s goals propulsing his team to the semi-final.

Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid (4-1), semi final of the UEFA Champions League 2013

A true executioner of the Madrid team in this semi-final, the Polish player also became the ninth player in the history of the Champions League to score  four-goal in a game. At the end of the game, he did not get far from reaching the fifth goal.

Lars Windfeld – Aarhus (Danmark) vs Nantes (France) (0-1), UEFA Europa League 1997

Lars Windfield is second goalkeeper of this prestigious l’Equipe rating.  His most famous achievement was to score a goal with his club Aarhus against Odense. He later obtained the score of 10/10 for his performance against Nantes’s strikes that all were miraculously stopped on his line… The skilled midfielder Nicolas Savinaud missed three duels almost at close range.

Oleg Salenko – Russia-Cameroon (6-1), World Cup 1994  

Five goals in a World Cup match in 1994. Moreover, it faces a major African nation, Cameroon. Frankly, it’s hard to do better. Admittedly, the context was particular, with Russia and Cameroon already eliminated in their pool, ahead of Sweden and Brazil. But the Russians did not insult the tournament. Salenko was therefore able to buy a pass to history. The Cameroonians, on the other hand, try to forget about this story.

Franck Sauzée – France vs Greece (3-0) Final UEFA Euro U-21s 1988

In the 1988 Euro Espoirs final against Greece, one player proved decisive in addition to Bruno Martini: Franck Sauzée. The Marseille midfielder, who scored a brilliant double, has enabled the French team to become European Espoirs champions.

Bruno Martini France vs Greece (3-0) Final UEFA Euro U-21s 1988

The first player ever award with the l’Equipe perfect score is actually a Substitute goalkeeper, replacing the suspended official goalkeeper Claude Barrabé, he realised an incredible performance this night, was the key man in this final. He has made a number of decisive decisions on the Greek counter-attacks. The game was really tense as many incident happened during the game between players and Greek hooligans being especially nervous.

In your opinion, who should have been awarded the perfect score of 10/10 for his performance in a game ?

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