Dusan Tadic received a perfect score of 10 by L’Equipe for his part in Real Madrid demolition
The Serb scored one and assisted two as Ajax thrashed Real Madrid 4-1 at the Bernabeu
Dusan Tadic has joined an elite list of players to have received a perfect score of 10 in French newspaper L’Equipe‘s player ratings.
The Serb starred for the Dutch outfit, scoring one and assisting a further two as they claimed a famous 4-1 victory at the Bernabeu.
THE PERFECT 10s
1. Franck Sauzee (France v Greece, 1988)
2. Bruno Martini (France v Greece, 1988)
3. Oleg Salenko (Russia v Cameroon, 1994)
4. Lars Windfeld (Aarhus v Nantes, 1997)
5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Arsenal, 2010)
6. Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Bayer Leverkusen, 2012)
7. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid, 2013)
8. Carlos Eduardo (Nice v Guingamp, 2014)
9. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain v Dijon, 2018)
10. Dusan Tadic (Ajax v Real Madrid, 2019)
And on Wednesday morning in L’Equipe‘s famous ratings, which began in 1946, Tadic was awarded a rare score of 10 for his display against the current champions, becoming just the ninth player to have done so.
Franck Sauzee and Bruno Martini were the first recipients of the perfect score back in 1988 after France’s Euro Under-21 final win over Greece. Sauzee received perfect marks for his two stunning strikes while goalkeeper Martini was recognised for the part he played between the sticks in the same match.
Lionel Messi is the only man to have had a perfect score on two occasions: one for his performance in the 2010 win over Arsenal when he scored all of Barcelona’s goals in the 4-1 win, the other in the same competition two years later, blitzing five past Bayern Leverkusen.
Oleg Salenko’s five goals against Cameroon in the 1994 World Cup and Robert Lewandowski’s fabulous four against Real Madrid in the 2013 Champions League semi-final win over Real Madrid also earned both players 10.
Lionel Messi is the only man to get a perfect score twice – one was against Arsenal in 2010
Neymar was the most recent before Tadic for his four goals against Dijon last January
Another goalkeeper makes the list – Lars Windfeld. The Aarhus stopper was impenetrable in the second leg of their UEFA Cup tie against Nantes back in 1997 and the clean sheet meant the Danes progressed to the next round with a 1-0 win.
Brazilian midfielder Carlos Eduardo became the first Ligue 1 player to be awarded top marks for his part in Nice’s 7-2 win over Guingamp back in 2014. The midfielder, who was on loan from Porto at the time, scored five in the seven-goal rout.
Fellow Brazilian Neymar was the last to receive a score of 10. Following his four-goal haul against Dijon last January during an 8-0 drubbing, he was recognised with the top score.
Tadic, meanwhile, believed if he did not receive a perfect score for that performance, he was never going to get one, claiming it was the best he had ever played.
Tadic said he played the ‘best game’ ever and took inspiration from his hero Zinedine Zidane
‘This is probably the best game of football I’ve ever played,’ Tadic, 30, told Veronica TV. ‘[Zinedine] Zidane was always my favourite player. Maybe I was watching too many of his clips.’
The rarity of these high marks are typified by just how harshly the French outlet scored Ajax’s opponents on Tuesday night.
Los Blancos midfielder Casemiro yielded the lowest score of the night with just one, while a host of players — Thibaut Courtois, Toni Kroos, Nacho and Sergio Reguilon — did marginally better with scores of two.
Luka Modric and Raphael Varane were the highest scorers for the hosts at the Bernabeu, receiving just a miserly four.
Casemiro was given the worst score of the night by L’Equipe, receiving a mark of just one
While a host of Los Blancos players, including keeper Thibaut Courtois, got a mark of two