Erling Haaland receives just the 16th perfect 10/10 rating ever handed out by L’Equipe – and is the first to do so TWICE in the same season… with the French publication comparing him to E.T. after his five-goal display for Man City
- Erling Haaland scored five goals for Man City in their 7-0 win over RB Leipzig
- French publication L’Equipe gave out their 16th perfect 10/10 rating for Haaland
- He becomes the only player in history to achieve the feat twice in a season
Erling Haaland has made history by becoming the only player in history to get a rare 10 out of 10 rating by L’Equipe twice in the same season.
The French publication gave him the perfect rating following his brilliant five-goal display in Man City’s 7-0 win over RB Leipzig in the second-leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.
Haaland, earlier this season, joined the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Robert Lewandowski, when he first received a 10/10 after netting a hat-trick and provided two assists in City’s 6-3 victory over Manchester United in October.
By achieving the feat again just five months later, he joins PSG star Messi as the only player to accomplish the feat twice during their career.
He moves out in a league of his own though for achieving the perfect mark twice in the same season. It is a huge achievement given that last night’s performance was just the 16th time L’Equipe has ever given out a 10/10 mark.
Erling Haaland scored five goals for Manchester City in their 7-0 win over RB Leipzig
Haaland has been given the rare 10/10 rating by L’Equipe for the second time this season, with the French publication comparing the prolific Norwegian striker to movie character E.T.
L’EQUIPE’S ALL-TIME 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) (Barcelona v Bayer Leverkusen, 2012)
6. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid, 2013)
7. Carlos Eduardo (Nice v Guingamp, 2014)
8. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain v Dijon, 2018)
9. Dusan Tadic (Ajax v Real Madrid, 2019)
10. Lucas Moura (Tottenham v Ajax, 2019)
11. Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich v Tottenham, 2019)
12. Kylian Mbappe (France v Khazakstan, 2021)
13. Alban Lafont (Nantes v Paris Saint-Germain, 2021)
14. Erling Haaland (Man City v Man United, 2022 (Man City v RB Leipzig, 2023)
L’Equipe on their front page compared Haaland to E.T. – featuring an image of Haaland holding his finger up, which had a light coming out of it much like the movie character.
They also described him as a ‘cyborg’ that ‘devastated everything,’ and said that Haaland made highly-rated RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol live out a ‘nightmare’.
In their official match-ratings alongside the 10/10 mark, they wrote: ‘The Norwegian striker signed a historic quintuplet (22nd, 24th, 45th + 1, 55th, 57th) in the knockout stages of the Champions League which further confirms the exceptional season he is in the process of achieving.
‘Beyond these goals, he was very useful in the game and in the aggressive pressing of his team.’
L’Equipe’s ratings are known to be notoriously harsh, and it’s a rarity to see a player given their top rating.
Kylian Mbappe memorably only received a 9/10 for scoring a hat-trick in France’s World Cup final loss to Argentina.
From last night’s match, the closest rating to Haaland was given to Kevin De Bruyne who got an 8 after he bagged a goal and an assist.
L’Equipe’s ratings are notoriously harsh, with the closest rating to Haaland coming in the form of Kevin De Bruyne who received an 8 from the French publication for his goal and assist
Haaland broke City’s scoring record in a season by moving up to 39 goals in the win last night
The rest of the City team were largely given out ratings of either five or six, with keeper Ederson earning just a five despite keeping a clean sheet. For RB Leipzig, five players received a rating of two.
It was a record-breaking performance by Haaland who joined Messi and former Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano as the only players to ever score five goals in a Champions League game.
The Norwegian achieved the remarkable feat inside just 58 minutes of Tuesday’s comfortable victory, and he had hoped to stay on to get his double hat-trick before he was hooked off by Pep Guardiola.
Haaland also surpassed City’s all-time record for goals in a single season, set by Tommy Johnson in 1929.
Johnson’s haul was 38, and Haaland has plenty of time to build on the 39 he has scored so far this season.
After the game, Haaland said: ‘We worked on the pressing, especially at home we have to run and press. We are so good at getting the ball.
‘In my opinion, we should do this more. I think we can use this [pressing] more, there is more space for the guys in between to play.’
Haaland joins Lionel Messi as the only player to achieve the 10/10 rating by L’Equipe twice during their careers
Kylian Mbappe memorably only got a 9/10 rating for scoring a hat-trick in the World Cup final
Haaland added: ‘I told him [Guardiola] I would love to score a double hat-trick but what can I do? I’m blurry in my head.
‘I remember shooting but not thinking. I was so tired after my celebrations.
‘My super strength is scoring goals. Should I be honest? A lot of goals, I didn’t think.
‘I was just trying to get it into the back of the net. A lot of it is being quick in the mind and trying to put it where the goalkeeper is not.’
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