L’Equipe is one of France’s topmost newspaper dailies committed to sports. It examines players’ performances in domestic and cup matches, European games, and international faceoffs.
L’Equipe Rates 13 Players with Perfect Rating
L’Equipe is usually very stingy with its ratings. In a span of 76 years since their onset in 1946, only 13 players have received 10/10 ratings from this daily. Let us have a look at this list.
13: Frank Sauzee vs Greece u21s, 1988
In the U21 European Championship final between Greece and France, star midfielder Frank Sauzee smashed a masterclass, scoring two goals to help his team win 3-0. It was one of the best performances in his 39 international appearances that snatched a perfect rating from L’Equipe.
12: Bruno Martini vs Greece u21s, 1988
In the same game, France’s Goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in the finals and helped his team take away from Greece at 3-0 and thus grabbing a perfect rating.
11: Oleg Salenko vs Cameroon, 1994
In the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Russian Striker scored six goals, smashing five of them in a group match against Cameron to bag the perfect rating.
10: Lars Windfeld vs Nantes, 1997
In the first knockout stage of the UEFA Cup 1998, the Danish goalkeeper Lars Windfeld cantered a smacking performance in the second leg to help his team win a narrow win and get a perfect rating.
9: Lionel Messi vs Arsenal, 2010, vs Bayer Leverkusen, 2012
Lionel Messi delivered a sensational performance for Barcelona in a face-off against Arsenal in the 2010 UEFA Champions League. Messi scored 4 smacking goals for the Catalans to defeat the Gunners 4-1. He was amazing that night, helping his team win 6-3 on aggregate with his wonderful presentation.
He earned his second perfect rating when he scored five goals against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League In 2012.
8: Robert Lewandowski vs Real Madrid
In the Champions League semi-final 2013, Lewandowski scored a hat-trick, delivering a total of four goals helping his team get a comfortable 4-1 win.
7: Carlos Eduardo vs Guingamp, 2014
Carlos Eduardo scored a sensational streak of five goals against Guingamp in 2014 during his tenure at Nice on loan from Porto that earned him the perfect rating.
6: Neymar Jr vs Dijon, 2018
That night Neymar scored four goals and two assists to help PSG beat Dijon 8-0, earning him a perfect rating from L’Equipe.
5: Dusan Tadic vs Real Madrid, 2019
In the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, Dusan Tadic delivered a brilliant performance to earn a perfect rating.
4: Lucas Moura vs Ajax, 2019
In the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, Lucas Moura smashed a dazzling second-half hat-trick to help his team land the win and earn himself the perfect rating.
3: Serge Gnabry vs Tottenham Hotspur, 2019
In the 2018-19 Champions League stage encounter, Serge Gnabry delivered four rocking goals to land himself the perfect rating from L’Equipe.
2: Kylian Mbappe vs Kazakhstan, 2021
France and Kazakhstan met in November 2021 in a World Cup Qualifier, Mbpappe smacked four goals to earn the perfect rating.
1: Alban Lafont vs PSG, 2022
Last week Alban Lafont portrayed a massive goalkeeping performance in the faceoff against PSG for Nantes. His string of brilliant saves earned him the perfect rating from L’Equipe.