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Last month, Kylian Mbappe became only the 12th player to receive a 10/10 rating from L’Equipe after he scored four goals for France vs Kazakhstan
The French newspaper are notoriously harsh markers but have bestowed the perfect score to an exclusive list of players that varies from Lionel Messi to Dusan Tadic.
No Premier League players make the cut, as instead its France internationals, Ligue One and the Champions League.
But it got us thinking, which Premier League performances would warrant a 10/10 rating given all the magic produced over the years?
We’ve decided to pick out 15 performances that deserve the flawless mark.
Andrey Arshavin vs Liverpool
Liverpool and Arsenal played out one of the Premier League’s greatest ever games in April 2009 and Andrey Arshavin was the star of the show.
He bagged a quartet of goals and let everyone know how many he scored with his celebration.
Dimitar Berbatov vs Blackburn
Dimitar Berbatov never did any running on the pitch but he didn’t need to.
In a 7-1 hammering against Blackburn Rovers in 2010, the Bulgarian bagged five for Manchester United. Just imagine the fantasy points.
Sergio Aguero vs Newcastle
Newcastle were leading 1-0 at the Etihad through Aleksandar Mitrovic but Sergio Aguero scored an insane five goals in a 20 minute period in a 6-1 thrashing.
David De Gea vs Arsenal
In the same game where Jesse Lingard made the Emirates his dancefloor, David De Gea made an incredible 14 saves – matching the record for a single game – in a 3-1 win.
Some of the reactive stops were just utterly incredible.
Dennis Bergkamp vs Leicester
Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp scored arguably the Premier League’s greatest hat-trick in a 3-3 draw against Leicester.
The nonchalance was next level.
Leighton Baines vs West Ham
Leighton Baines was a set-piece specialist but two in the same game against West Ham in 2013 was just silly.
Romelu Lukaku vs Bournemouth
Another Everton representative to make the list, Romelu Lukaku hit four in a 6-3 win over Bournemouth in February 2017.
Edin Dzeko vs Spurs
Edin Dzeko, the man who replaced Lukaku at Inter Milan, also hit four in one game. He went goal-crazy in a 5-1 thrashing of Spurs in 2011, with a lovely array of goals.
Georginio Wijnaldum vs Norwich
Sticking with another four-goal haul, Georginio Wijnaldum dropped a masterclass from midfield in a 6-2 win that moved Newcastle off the bottom of the league in 2015.
Luis Suarez vs Norwich
Luis Suarez and Norwich. Name a more iconic duo. The Uruguayan regularly terrorised the Canaries and his four strikes here were breathtakingly brilliant.
Ashley Young vs Arsenal
Wayne Rooney hit a hat-trick in Manchester United’s 8-2 demolition of Arsenal in 2011 but Ashley Young was also in inspired form.
He scored two worldies and also registered a hat-trick of assists.
Harry Kane vs Southampton
In September 2020, Heung-Min Son scored four goals against Southampton at St Mary’s and Harry Kane set up every single one.
The partnership was on flames.
Mo Salah vs Watford
A number of different Mo Salah performances could be featured here but his game against Watford in 2018, where he hit four in a 5-0 win at Anfield, was incredible.
Joe Hart vs Spurs
Joe Hart basically played Spurs on his own on the opening day of the 2010/11 season. He cemented his place as Roberto Mancini’s number one with a jaw-dropping display in between the sticks.
Steve Bruce vs Sheffield Wednesday
Steve Bruce was a superb goalscoring defender in his pomp and his late, match-winning brace against Sheffield Wednesday at Old Trafford in 1993 handed Manchester United the title and sparked sensational scenes.
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