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1 March 2024

Maurice Revello Tournament top 100 players : 45th to 41st

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 45th to 41st place.

45th : Roy Makaay (Netherlands) - 1996

Faced with Argentina, Colombia, France and Russia in their group, the Netherlands were not lucky at the draw. At the Maurice Revello Tournament in 1996, they lost three of their four games and finished at a disappointing ninth place. Yet there was no shortage of talent in this team, which saw eight of its players go on to become senior internationals. Among them was Roy Makaay. The striker moved to Vitesse Arnhem and soon headed for Spain, where his career took another turn. After a successful spell with Tenerife, Makaay became a well-known and recognised goalscorer with Deportivo La Coruna, where he won the Spanish league and scored 96 goals in four seasons. Bayern Munich were convinced of his talent, and the Dutch centre-forward seized his chance, scoring 103 goals in four seasons in Bavaria.

44th : Radamel Falcao (Colombia) - 2004

Sweden as runners-up, China in a surprising third place, Japan in last place... The 2004 Maurice Revello Tournament was a year of surprises. Won by France, the competition this year revealed a number of top players: Fernandinho, Filipe Luis, Gaël Clichy and Radamel Falcao. Scorer of a goal against Turkey, the striker was heralded as one of the great prospects of Colombian football. After five successful seasons with River Plate, he only arrived in Europe in 2009, at FC Porto, where he broke all records: 87 matches, 72 goals and six trophies in two seasons. The rest of his career took him to Atlético Madrid, Monaco, Manchester United, Chelsea, Galatasaray and Rayo Vallecano, where he still plays. At all these clubs, he scored a staggering 190 goals, although a serious injury at Monaco put a damper on his career. Fifth overall in the Ballon d'Or ranking in 2012, Falcao is also Colombia's all-time top scorer, with 36 goals in 105 appearances.

43rd : Hugo Lloris (France) - 2006

From 2004 to 2007, the French team dominated the Maurice Revello Tournament. Winners of four consecutive editions, the Tricolor swept all before them. In 2006, the Bleuets beat Colombia, Mexico and the Netherlands in the group phase, then China in the semi-finals, before beating the Dutch again in the final. This final match was won on penalties, thanks in no small part to Hugo Lloris. The French goalkeeper stopped an opponent's attempt to win the title for his team. Named best goalkeeper of the tournament, he then embarked on a career that began at OGC Nice, where he discovered the professional world. He went on to make a name for himself at Olympique Lyonnais between 2008 and 2012, and even became a senior international. Then it was time to move abroad, to Tottenham. Over the course of twelve seasons, from 2012 to 2024, the goalkeeper left his mark on his era and became a legend at his club. The sixth most-capped player in Spurs' history with 447 appearances, he also played in a Champions League final in 2019. Capped 145 times by Les Bleus, he is also the record holder for the number of times he has been capped by France, with whom he won the World Cup in 2018.

42nd : David Ginola (France) - 1987 & 1988

Winner in 1987, best player award. Winner in 1988, second best player award. It's hard to beat David Ginola's record at the Maurice Revello Tournament. While a number of players have taken part twice, very few have won it back-to-back, and even fewer have won an individual award each time. El Magnifico' scored once in 1987, helping his side to victory by seeing off Paul Gascoigne's England and Hristo Stoichkov's Bulgaria. A year later, he scored four more goals, including one in the final against... England and Gascoigne. The rest of his career was full of success. After Toulon and Brest, it was at Paris Saint-Germain that he exploded and became a star between 1992 and 1995. He won the French league title in 1994 and was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in 2017. He also wrote his own history in England. From 1995 to 2000, Ginola enjoyed five exceptional seasons with Newcastle and then Tottenham. He was named the Premier League's best player in 1999 and was twice named in the league's best team.

41st : Claudio Marchisio (Italy) - 2008

A historic year for Italy. In eleven appearances at the Maurice Revello Tournament, the Squadra Azzurra have only won the competition once. That was in 2008, with an exceptional generation. Ignazio Abate, Antonio Candreva, Sebastian Giovinco, Claudio Marchisio... In all, eleven members of this team would go on to become senior internationals. During the 2008 Tournament, the Italian team impressed, defeating the Ivory Coast and Turkey before beating Marcelo Bielsa's Chile in the final. Claudio Marchisio, who scored once during the Tournament, was a permanent fixture in Italy's starting line-up. Despite his young age, the midfielder was already used to playing at the highest level. On loan from Juventus to Empoli, he was coming off a full season in Serie A. In the wake of the Tournament, he returned to Juve, where he quickly became indispensable. In ten seasons up to 2018, Marchisio made 363 appearances and won 14 trophies, including seven consecutive scudetti in 2012 and 2018. He was capped 55 times by Italy and was a finalist at UEFA EURO 2012.


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