On the occasion of its 50th edition, which will take place from 3 to 16 June 2024, the Maurice Revello Tournament is opening its history book. Since it was founded in 1967, the competition has seen many talented players. More than 2,000 have gone on to become senior internationals, and some of them have written football history. To celebrate its anniversary, the Tournament is updating its top 100, created in 2017. Until 29 March, our website will be displaying the updated rankings of the 100 greatest players to have taken part in the Tournament. And it continues today, with the rankings from 85th to 81st place.
85th : Ever Banega (Argentina) - 2009
In 2009, Chile won the Maurice Revello Tournament. However, it was another South American nation that saw talented internationals emerge. Argentina, who finished third in the Tournament, lost out to France in the semi-finals, and included in their ranks future members of the Albiceleste such as Agustin Marchesin, German Pezzella, Diego Perotti, Papu Gomez and Ever Banega. Captain of this team, the midfielder shone with his passing ability and vision, and logically won the trophy for 3rd best player of the Tournament. He then spent most of his career in Spain, notably with Valencia and Sevilla, where he won four trophies, including three consecutive Europa League titles.
84th : Alberto Gilardino (Italy) - 2000
Gilardino-Cassano. In 2000, Italy entered the Maurice Revello Tournament with a formidable strike pair. The two forwards helped the Azzurri to a fine third place that year. It was the start of a prolific career for Alberto Gilardino. Apart from a brief spell in China, he spent his entire career in Italy, scoring for AC Milan, Parma and Fiorentina. But it was with the national team that he experienced his greatest thrill, winning the 2006 World Cup with Italy.
83rd : Fabien Coentrão (Portugal) - 2009
Despite the presence of future internationals such as Rui Patricio, Adrien Silva and Fabio Coentrão, Portugal disappointed in 2009. Only sixth in the final ranking of the Maurice Revello Tournament that year, the Lusitanian team did not necessarily shine. Coentrão, on the other hand, managed to. The left-back even achieved a feat that is still unequalled in the history of the Tournament, when he scored a hat-trick against Qatar, making him the only defender to date to have done it. Trained at Benfica, he went on to blossom at Real Madrid. He won ten trophies with the club, including the Champions League twice.
82nd : Johan Micoud (France) - 1994
Although France only finished third in the Tournament in 1994, that year they produced a fine crop of players, including Grégory Coupet, Robert Pirès, Vincent Candela, Florian Maurice and Johan Micoud, who played for AS Cannes before joining Girondins de Bordeaux two years later. His career then took him to Parma and above all Werder Bremen, where he became a veritable legend by winning the league and cup double in 2004. With Les Bleus, he won 17 caps and Euro 2000.
81st : Antonio Cassano (Italy) - 2000
Gilardino's strike partner in 2000 was undoubtedly the more talented of the two. Although he scored one goal in the Maurice Revello Tournament that year, Cassano impresses with his ease on the ball. His skills took him to Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter and Roma. Over the course of his rich career, he won four trophies with his various clubs. He also won 39 caps for the Azzurri.