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22 mars 2024

Maurice Revello Tournament top 100 players : 15th to 11th

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 15th to 11th place.

15th : David Trezeguet (France) - 1997

Beaten in the finals in 1995 and 1996, the French team was determined to make amends at the 1997 edition of the Maurice Revello Tournament. To do so, they fielded an incredible generation of players, undoubtedly the most gifted of all the French teams to have taken part in the competition. From Nicolas Anelka to David Trezeguet, via Thierry Henry and Mickaël Landreau... In all, 11 players from this team went on to become senior internationals. So it's hardly surprising to see this team soar to the top of the tournament: 5 matches, 5 wins and a first title since 1989.
Trezeguet was one of the architects of this success, scoring twice in the final group match against the Netherlands (3-1). Then at AS Monaco, the striker experienced a meteoric rise in the wake of the Tournament. French champion with ASM in 1997 and 2000, then world and European champion with Les Bleus in 1998 and 2000, 'Trezegoal' played for Juventus for 10 seasons, from 2000 to 2010. In Turin, he experienced glory with 2 scudetti and a Champions League final, but also dark times with the club's demotion to Serie B following Calciopoli. An outstanding goalscorer, he scored a total of 273 goals for his various clubs, and 34 with the French national team, where he remains the 7th-highest scorer in history.

14th : Rui Costa (Portugal) - 1992

After 8 unsuccessful appearances in the tournament, Portugal finally made it in the 1992 edition. By winning all 4 games and conceding just one goal, the Lusitanians clinched their first title in the competition. Jesualdo Ferreira's side owed much of their success to their number 10, Rui Costa. Scorer of 4 goals, including a hat-trick in the semi-final against Mexico (5-1), the playmaker finished top scorer and even completed the double by being voted best player of the tournament. The start of a prolific career for the Portuguese.
Trained at Benfica, where he was champion in 1994, he left the Lisbon club 2 years after the Tournament to join Italy. During 12 seasons with Fiorentina and AC Milan, Rui Costa shone with his elegance and technical finesse. In 279 appearances for Florence and 192 for the Rossoneri, he won 7 trophies, including the Champions League with Milan in 2003. With 26 goals in 94 appearances, he is the 7th highest scorer and 9th most capped player in the history of the Portuguese national team.

13th : Daniel Passarella (Argentina) - 1975

The 3rd edition of the Maurice Revello Tournament is undoubtedly one of the most important in the history of the competition. First of all, because it is the first time that national teams have competed against each other, after the first two editions were reserved for clubs. But also because it marked a turning point in the Tournament's destiny. Three years before the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, the illustrious Albiceleste coach César Luis Menotti decided to take his U-21 team to the south of France for training. With future internationals such as Passarella, Gallego and Tarantini in their ranks, the young Argentinian side won the tournament and made a lasting impression. Three years later, Menotti and the same team won the World Cup on home soil.
The start of a great career for Passarella. Captain of Argentina, the libero nicknamed "El Gran Capitan" won another World Cup 8 years later, in 1986. To date, the defender is the only Argentinian to have won the trophy twice. A three-time Argentinian champion with River Plate in 1975, 1979 and 1981 and scorer of 22 goals in 70 appearances and 178 in 550 games in his career, he is one of the most prolific defenders in the history of football.

12th : Lilian Thuram (France) - 1992

A year after losing the final to Alan Shearer's England, the French team was determined to make amends at the 1992 Maurice Revello Tournament. After 2 wins over Czechoslovakia (1-0) and Mexico (4-0) and a draw with England (0-0), Les Bleuets reached the semi-finals... but lost out to Yugoslavia on penalties. Led by 5 future internationals, Marc Bourrier's team finished on the 3rd step of the podium. Lilian Thuram was one of them.
The defender was playing for AS Monaco at the time, and was coming off his first real season in the professional game. He stayed in the Principality until 1996, when he moved to Italy, where he played for Parma and then Juventus. After a historic UEFA Cup-Italian Cup-Italian Super Cup treble in 1999 with Parma, he was Italian champion in 2002 with the Bianconeri. But it was with the French national team that Thuram enjoyed his greatest success. A member of the generation that won the World Cup and then the European Championship in 1998 and 2000, he was for a long time the most capped player in Les Bleus' history, with 142 caps, before being dethroned by Hugo Lloris in 2022.

11th : Frank Lampard (England) - 1998

Often brilliant in their appearances at the Maurice Revello Tournament, England were not at their best in the 1998 edition of the competition. With a draw against France (1-1), a win against South Africa (3-1) and a defeat by Argentina (0-2), the Young Three Lions finished a disappointing 6th overall. Yet the team had no shortage of talent, as evidenced by the presence of 5 future senior internationals in the squad that year. Among them was Frank Lampard. Scorer of the winner against the South Africans, the midfielder and captain of the team still managed to distinguish himself on an individual level.
After a spell at West Ham, it was only 3 years later, in 2001, that he made the move to Chelsea. His adventure with the Blues lasted 13 years, enough time for him to leave an indelible mark on the London club. With 648 appearances and 211 goals, he is the 4th most capped player and, above all, the club's all-time top scorer. He also won 12 trophies, including 3 Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012. With 29 goals in 106 appearances, he is currently the 8th most capped player and the 8th top scorer in the history of the Three Lions.

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