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The 11 Players Who Received 10/10 Ratings From L'Equipe After Perfect Performances

The 11 Players Who Received 10/10 Ratings From L'Equipe After Perfect Performances

Lionel Messi, Neymar, Robert Lewandowski, Lucas Moura and Serge Gnabry all feature.

Josh Lawless

Josh Lawless

Kylian Mbappe's incredible hat-trick against Barcelona for PSG last night wasn't enough to see him become the latest player to receive a perfect rating from L'Equipe.

Mbappe produced one of the greatest individual performances in Champions League history, single-handedly destroying Barcelona in a 4-1 win at the Nou Camp.

He was, rather controversially, given a 9/10 for his masterclass. L'Equipe, one of France's leading newspapers, are notoriously harsh markers and have only awarded 10/10s on 12 occasions to 11 players since their formation in 1946.

The first perfect rating went to former Sochaux ace Franck Sauzée for his outing against Greece Under 21s 1988 and these marks were handed out fairly sporadically to begin with.

But then Lionel Messi came along and received a 10/10 on two occasions for a pair of outrageous displays.

The first came in 2010 when Messi single-handedly blitzed Arsenal in the Champions League, scoring four goals and promoting Arsene Wenger to describe him as "a PlayStation player".

Then, just two years later, he came up with an even better individual performance on a Champions League night at the Nou Camp when he smashed FIVE goals past Bayer Leverkusen in a 7-1 annihilation. Some of the goals are just plain silly.

The next member to the 10/10 club was Robert Lewandowski. During his Borussia Dortmund days, the Poland talisman dropped a ridiculous four-goal haul to sink Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park and had the rating bestowed upon.

Neymar matched Lewandowski's heroics against Dijon in Ligue One in 2018, becoming the second Brazilian to achieve the feat in France after Carlos Eduardo scored five for Nice as he ran the show in a 7-2 win against Guingamp.

Don't forget compatriot Lucas Moura, though. His phenomenal hat-trick in a Champions League semi-final comeback win over Ajax in Amsterdam will always be remembered by Spurs fans and was rightly commemorated with the maximum mark.

Dusan Tadic received the coveted rating courtesy of his world-class performance against Real in March 2019, the former Southampton man scoring once and registering two superb assists in a 4-1 Champions League second leg rout.

Later that year, Serge Gnabry of Bayern Munich wrote his name in history and became the most recent player to join the party.

The German, formerly of Arsenal, hit four in an insane second-half performance as eventual Champions League winners Bayern thrashed Spurs 7-2 on their own patch.

L'Equipe's 10/10 ratings:

1. Franck Sauzee (1988)

2. Bruno Martini (1988)

3. Oleg Salenko (1994)

4. Lars Windfeld (1997)

5. Lionel Messi (2010)

6. Lionel Messi (2012)

7. Robert Lewandowski (2013)

8. Carlos Eduardo (2014)

9. Neymar (2018)

10. Dusan Tadic (2019)

11. Lucas Moura (2019)

12. Serge Gnabry (2019)

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Topics: Football News, Football, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Dusan Tadic, Serge Gnabry, Kylian Mbappe