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11 March 2024

Maurice Revello Tournament top 100 players : 30th to 26th

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 30th to 26th place.

30th : Willy Sagnol (France) - 1997

After Nicolas Anelka, William Gallas and Mickaël Silvestre, he is the fourth player from the French team that won the 1997 Maurice Revello Tournament to appear in this ranking. And he obviously won't be the last, given that this team left its mark on the Tournament that year and remains one of the most talented to have come through the competition. Willy Sagnol was a young player at AS Saint-Etienne at the time, and was coming off his first real season as a professional in France's top flight. In the wake of the 1996-1997 season and the Tournament, he joined AS Monaco, where he confirmed his talent over three seasons, winning a league title in 2000. He went on to win more trophies at Bayern Munich, who recruited him the summer after that triumph. Until 2008, he made 277 appearances for the Bavarians, winning 5 German league titles and a Champions League. With Les Bleus, he was capped 58 times, including in the 2006 World Cup final.

29th : Youri Djorkaeff (France) - 1989

In 1989, Les Bleuets made it three in a row. Winners of the 1987 and 1988 editions of the Maurice Revello Tournament, they followed up with a third successive success after a faultless run: 3 games, 3 wins, 6 goals scored and only one conceded. The symbol of this total mastery was the final, which they won by a large margin against Bulgaria (3-0). Youri Djorkaeff, who scored France's first goal, broke the deadlock. The attacking midfielder, who was at Grenoble at the time and transferred to Strasbourg in the wake of the Tournament, was already making a name for himself and, a season later, revealed himself in the colours of AS Monaco. During five seasons in the Principality, he made 196 appearances and scored 67 goals. His subsequent spells with Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan were equally successful. Winner of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with PSG in 1996 and the UEFA Cup in 1998 with the Nerazzurri, he contributed to two European trophies with those clubs. Capped 82 times by Les Bleus, he was also part of the generation that won the World Cup and the Euros in 1998 and 2000.

28th : Walter Samuel (Argentina) - 1998

José Pekerman on the bench, Juan Roman Riquelme, Lionel Scaloni, Gabriel Milito and Walter Samuel on the pitch... The Argentina team that won the Maurice Revello Tournament in 1998 is the stuff of dreams. Impressive on paper, they are just as impressive on the pitch. With 4 wins from 5 games, the Albiceleste claimed a deserved title in the Tournament, the first time they had done so for 23 years, when Daniel Passarella won the title in 1975. In 1998, it was another defender who, like his predecessor, shone at the Tournament and would go on to shine for his country. At just 20 years of age, Walter Samuel was still unknown in Europe, playing for Boca Juniors. It was not until 2000 and his arrival at AS Roma that he made a name for himself on the Old Continent. The centre-back won the Italian League in 2001 with the Romanian club, and also won five consecutive titles between 2006 and 2010 with Inter, with whom he also won the Champions League in 2010. In 2022, six years after the end of his career, he came full circle by winning the FIFA World Cup with Argentina as assistant coach to Lionel Scaloni.

27th : Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina) - 1996

Winner of the Maurice Revello Tournament in 1998, José Pekerman had already been on the bench with the young Argentinians two years earlier. In 1996, he took part in the competition with a squad of five future senior internationals. Although the Albiceleste could do no better than 4th place at this edition, they did reveal two highly talented players: Pablo Aimar, who has already appeared in this top 100 ranking, and Esteban Cambiasso. The midfielder was just 16 when he took part in the Tournament. His incredible precociousness was confirmed a year later when he won the U20 World Cup with Argentina at the age of 17, before making his professional debut for Independiente at the age of 18 in 1998. It was then in Europe that he enjoyed his greatest successes. First at Real Madrid, where he won 3 trophies in 2 seasons, but above all at Inter. Alongside... Walter Samuel, Cambiasso collected 12 trophies, including 5 Scudetti in a row and a Champions League in 2010.

26th : Thiago Motta (Brazil) - 1999

Since its creation in 1967, the Maurice Revello Tournament has always been a talent spotlight and a career accelerator. Winning it is a considerable plus, but simply taking part and shining can change the course of a player's destiny. In 1999, Brazil put in arguably one of their worst collective performances of the Tournament. The Seleção suffered 3 defeats in as many matches and finished last in the overall standings. But proving that results are not always the only factor, one player in this team will see his career take on a whole new dimension after the Tournament. At Juventude in Brazil, Thiago Motta, only 17 at the time, joined Barcelona just a few weeks after taking part. In Catalonia, he confirmed his potential and became an accomplished player, who went on to play for Inter and Paris Saint-Germain, among others. Winner of 6 trophies, including the Champions League in Italy, then 19 titles with PSG, the midfielder also shone on the international scene. He opted for the Italian national team, with whom he made 30 appearances, including the Euro 2012 final.

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