It will come as no surprise that all of Tottenham Hotspur are basking in the glory of last night’s improbable comeback victory over Ajax in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The man at the top of the mountain is Lucas Moura, whose hat trick performance will go down in club history as one of the greatest moments we’ve ever seen. Today, we can finally step back and analyze the match since we’ve all caught our breath.
French outlet L’Equipe hands out player ratings for every match in the Champions League and are considered one of the most respectable outlets to do so. Sometimes they’re harsh and brutally honest with ratings. Today, we get to say that Lucas Moura has joined some elite company as the Brazilian attacker earned a perfect 10 rating from the outlet.
He couldn’t have done much else to earn that rating, given his knack for being in the right spot on all three goals. Lucas becomes the tenth player to ever receive the perfect rating and joins the following players in the exclusive club:
- Franck Sauzee - Marseille (1988)
- Bruno Martini - Auxerre (1988)
- Oleg Salenko - Valencia (1994)
- Lars Winfield - AGF Arhus (1997)
- Lionel Messi - Barcelona (2010, 2012)
- Robert Lewandowski - Borussia Dortmund (2013)
- Carlos Eduardo - Porto (2014)
- Neymar - Paris Saint-Germain (2018)
- Dusan Tadic - Ajax (2019)
Lionel Messi doing this twice is no surprise, given he’s the best player of our era (sorry CR7 fans) and does magical things with a football we can only dream about. Dusan Tadic received his 10 rating for the utter destruction of Real Madrid in the Round of 16, and it was rightfully earned. Lewandowski’s performance in 2013 was also against Real Madrid in the semi-finals that year.
Lucas’ performance was masterful. He was great in the press, made chances out of nothing and buried the goals when Spurs needed them the most. His second goal is one to enjoy on replay over and over, watching him take five little touches to get out of danger and bury a shot that had no business going in the net.
Just another day at the office for the man wearing #27.