Erling Haaland stole the show again last weekend: the power forward became the first hat-trick scorer in a Manchester derby as City beat United 6-3 at the Etihad.
The raging City star did the feat in 64 minutes thanks to his 12th, 13th and 14th Premier League goals of the season so far, leaving him already just six goals away from equaling the Golden Boot tally last year with only eight games played.
Just nine minutes after Haaland completed his three-goal run, Phil Foden became the second player to score a hat-trick in a Manchester derby – with two of those assists provided by his Norwegian team-mate, completing a fine post noon of work for the latter.
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Indeed, Haaland’s dominating performance against United was so impressive that the 22-year-old duly received an ultra-rare 10/10 match rating from French outlet L’Equipe. Only 14 players in history have earned the maximum rating from the publication, which is notoriously strict when it comes to handing out its ratings.
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Lionel Messi is the only player to have received the famous 10/10 from L’Equipe on more than one occasion, although his two Paris Saint-Germain attacking partners Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have also earned the honor once. times themselves in recent years. .
Presented in chronological order, here is an overview of the 14 players to have received”ten out of tenof L’Equipe since the prestigious honor was first bestowed in 1988.
1 & 2. Franck Sauzee and Bruno Martini: France U21 against Greece U21, 1988
French duo Sauzee and Martini became the first two players on record to earn top marks in a L’Equipe match report for their individual performances in the second leg of the European Under-21 Championship final. UEFA. After the first leg ended scoreless, Sauzee proved the difference in the second by scoring two thundering goals, while goalkeeper Martini made a string of excellent saves to hold the Greeks at bay in a 3-0 victory for Blues.
3. Oleg Salenko: Russia v Cameroon, 1994
Salenko was co-winner of the Golden Boot at the 1994 World Cup after scoring six goals despite Russia failing to progress through the group stage. The striker managed to score an unprecedented (and still unmatched) five goals in a 6-1 win over Cameroon in his final tournament appearance to ensure he finished the competition level with six goals with Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov.
4. Lars Windfeld: Aarhus v Nantes, 1997
Not a name that will be instantly familiar to most fans, but Windfeld is perhaps responsible for the greatest goalkeeping display in UEFA Cup history thanks to his famous shutout against Nantes. Danish minnows Aarhus earned a shock 1-0 first-round win over their French opponents after taking an early lead then relying on Windfeld to produce a heroic cavalcade of blocks and parries to preserve the slim overall lead of his team.
5.Lionel Messi: Barcelona v Arsenal, 2010
Already well capable of winning any match on his own, Messi soared to new heights as he powered a dramatic comeback against the Gunners in the Champions League Round of 16. Level at 2-2 heading into the second leg, Barca quickly fell one goal behind at Camp Nou when Nicklas Bendtner opened the scoring 19 minutes later. It instantly brought Messi to life, as the Argentine No.10 scored four unanswered goals to secure a riotous 6-3 win for the Catalans and send them roaring through to the quarter-finals.
6.Lionel Messi: Barcelona vs Bayer Leverkusen, 2012
Messi was at his stratospheric best for Barcelona again when he scored five goals (still a competition record) in a stunning 7-1 against a helpless Leverkusen in the Champions League Round of 16.
7.Robert Lewandowski: Borussia Dortmund versus Real Madrid, 2013
Completely ruthless on the edge of the penalty area, Lewandowski netted an inspired four-goal shift as Dortmund’s star striker gave his side a solid 4-1 lead in the first leg of their semi-final Champions League against Real Madrid.
8. Carlos Eduardo: Nice v Guingamp, 2014
Brazilian attacking midfielder Eduardo became the first player to record a 10/10 performance in a Ligue 1 game when he scored five goals for Nice in a 7-2 demolition of Guingamp. On loan from FC Porto at the time, Eduardo finished the season with 10 league goals to his name, half of them in a single match.
9. Neymar: Paris Saint-Germain v Dijon, 2018
Neymar was responsible for half of PSG’s goals on the night as the Ligue 1 giants won 8-0 against Dijon. The dynamic Brazilian striker also added two assists to complete his stellar contribution.
10. Dusan Tadic: Ajax v Real Madrid, 2019
After suffering a 2-1 first-leg defeat in Amsterdam, Tadic was an absolute inspiration to Ajax in the return to the Bernabeu as the effervescent Dutch side pulled off a stunning comeback to eliminate Madrid in front of their own fans in the round of 16. The Serbian striker led the show and even got on the scoresheet as Ajax came back from the brink to win 4-1 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate.
11. Lucas Moura: Tottenham v Ajax, 2019
Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Tottenham looked well and truly sunk when Ajax led 3-0 on aggregate within 35 minutes of the second leg of the Champions League semi-final in Amsterdam. However, Moura refused to be beaten, as the Brazilian winger staged a solo comeback, scoring three goals (including a 96th-minute winner) as Spurs raced to earn the tie on goals at away in the dying seconds and set up an all-English final against Premier League rivals Liverpool… which they lost.
12. Serge Gnabry: Bayern Munich v Tottenham, 2019
Former Arsenal midfielder Gnabry came back to haunt his former London rivals as Bayern destroyed Tottenham 7-2 in the Champions League group stage. The talented young winger provided an assist for Lewandowski in the first half before adding four second-half goals in what proved to be a hugely heavy rout of the previous season’s runners-up.
13. Kylian Mbappe: France v Kazakhstan, 2021
Reigning world champions France ensured they qualified for the 2022 World Cup with a game to spare by claiming an 8-0 win over bottom-draw Kazakhstan at the Parc des Princes. After opening the scoring just six minutes later, Mbappe became the first Blues player to score four goals in a match in 63 years.
14. Alban Lafont: Nantes vs. PSG, 2022
Another excellent goalkeeping performance saw Lafont take top marks from L’Equipe for helping to preserve Nantes’ 3-0 half-time lead against PSG, despite successive waves of attacks from the part of Messi, Mbappe and Neymar. Indeed, Nantes won 3-1 against the Parisians thanks to their unwavering goalkeeper.