Top 5 Players from Around the World This Weekend
There are thousands upon thousands of players from across the globe to pick from, but here is Bleacher Report's attempt to whittle it down to just five of world football's very best performers this weekend.
Circumstances—both for the player and their side—their overall contribution in relation to their team's level of success and the level at which they were playing at are all factors considered here.
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But before then, here are our top five performers:
Unless otherwise stated, all statistics courtesy of WhoScored.
5. Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids)
The Western Conference side have timed an excellent run of home form to coincide with the ever-closer postseason, and following their win over the highly fancied Seattle Sounders this weekend, they've all but secured their postseason place. And boy did they deliver in style with a 5-1 decimation.
Vital to the Rapids' success, which saw them four goals to the good inside 41 minutes, was the 22-year-old Jamaican powerhouse Deshorn Brown.
All pace, power and physique, Brown scored the second-fastest goal in MLS history as he slid in to give Colorado a 13-second lead.
In the 31st minute, Brown shrugged aside the attention of DeAndre Yedlin to race onto a clipped Dillon Powers pass before drilling a low strike past Michael Gspurning for 3-0.
Throughout the game, the 6'2" wideman was a constant menace to the Sounders defence. Working hard up and down the left flank—he made six of the Rapids' 20 tackles—he bullied the Sounders defence and always offered the Rapids an outlet.
4. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)
With David Moyes' Manchester United side struggling to grab a foothold at the Stadium of Light against a work-hungry Sunderland side—and trailing by a goal to nil—you were waiting for one of the big players to step up and to take the lead.
Instead, the man who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and dragged the underperforming Premier League champions to a 2-1 success was someone who is barely a man: the 18-year-old Belgian, Adnan Januzaj, who just happened to be making his full Premier League debut, via 101 Great Goals.
Having looked the brightest United player by some distance during a first half where they were dreadfully below par—his balance, technique and adeptness at finding space between the lines shining like a beacon—the former Anderlecht junior started and finished the move which pulled them level in the 55th minute.
Sweeping the ball wide to Patrice Evra from a central position, Januzaj arrived in the penalty area to convert the Frenchman's cross with a cool, right-footed finish.
Really liked how Januzaj reacted after scoring his first ever PL goal: no celebration; just get the ball, we need a winner. He's 18! #mufc— Marcus Christenson (@m_christenson) October 6, 2013
Six minutes later, Januzaj had the winner with a sublime strike which fully highlighted his technical ability. Nani's flicked cross from the right was aimless, however John O'Shea's headed clearance went only as far as Januzaj, whose left-footed volley crashed past Keiren Westwood into the far corner.
With a pass accuracy of 86 percent, a total of five dribbles and six shots on goal, it was an excellent display and one which belied his tender years.
3. Winston Reid (West Ham United)
Perhaps the most surprising result in England's top division, if not the most surprising result across Europe, saw Sam Allardyce's strikerless West Ham United emerge with a sensational 3-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.
At the heart of the Hammers' victory was the imperious performance of one of the Premier League's most underrated and consistent performers: New Zealand international defender Winston Reid.
The 25-year-old centre-half came to prominence as a part of the All Whites who exited the 2010 World Cup unbeaten and earned a move to Upton Park largely on the back of his displays in South Africa. Since then, he has become a key fixture at the heart of the West Ham defence, and this performance is a perfect example why.
Vocal in his marshalling of his defensive line, intelligent in his positioning, quick in the tackle and aerially dominant—he won 100 percent of his aerial duels—Reid's defensive display was outstanding.
Moreover, crucially for his side, he also notched the all-important opening goal, which started a run of three goals in 13 minutes; meeting a Stewart Downing corner, Reid powered a header goalwards, only for it to be blocked by teammate Kevin Nolan. However, the New Zealander reacted first and fired past Hugo Lloris.
Winston Reid been West Ham's best player, probably the best player overall, scored it. 0-1— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) October 6, 2013
It was just reward for the former Midtjylland man's Man of the Match showing, as Allardyce's men shocked their big-spending London neighbours.
2. Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburg)
Four points from their opening six matches saw Hamburg call for former Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk, and having secured a 2-2 draw in Frankfurt on his debut, HSV gave their new manager a memorable first win with Germany Under-21 international striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga very much to the fore.
The 21-year-old joined on-loan from Hertha Berlin in September but was only handed his first HSV start last week, and he thanked van Marwijk with a goal. Away at Nuremberg this weekend, Lasogga started again and helped himself to a fantastic seven-minute treble to secure a stonkingly good 5-0 win.
Rafael van der Vaart (also outstanding) gave Hamburg a first-half lead with a tremendous volley, and the Dutch playmaker was instrumental in Lasogga's first, piercing the home defence with a magnificent through pass; Lasogga's first touch was perfect, working the ball in front of him and his second saw him fire low past Raphael Schaefer.
Three minutes later the same combination worked again. A van der Vaart corner found Lasogga unmarked at the far post from where he obligingly tapped it home.
Finally, in the 67th minute, Lasogga completed his hat-trick. Picking upon Per Nilsson's sloppy pass some 30 yards from goal, the Gladbeck-born striker took a touch to settle himself before driving a cutting, low strike in off Schaefer's left-hand post.
Christ, Lasogga having the game of his life. Intercepts a pass, lines up, and smacks a long range shot in off the post. Hattrick in 7mins.— Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) October 6, 2013
The result sees Hamburg head to 15th in the Bundesliga as they show signs of life after a dismal start with Lasogga leading the charge.
1. Remy Cabella (Montpellier)
Since winning the Ligue 1 title back in 2012, Montpellier have seen a number of key members of that side leave. However, the 23-year-old homegrown product Remy Cabella has remained behind and Sunday's hammering of Lyon represented something of a tour de force from the diminutive No. 10.
Full of intelligent vertical runs, clever angled passes and composed touches in and around the final third, Cabella led La Paillade to a 5-1 victory, scoring twice and assisting on the other three.
Remy Cabella had a decent showing today as Montpellier slammed Lyon 5-1: Two goals and three assists: https://t.co/Qmct8k92Mv— Alex Richards (@AA_Richards) October 6, 2013
The first saw him run unmarked beyond OL's defensive line onto a long ball before artfully flicking inside for Victor Montano to net in the 16th minute. On the stroke of halftime, his inswinging corner found Anthony Mounier unmarked six yards out, and his powerful header gave Anthony Lopes no chance.
The 59th minute played host to Cabella's first goal, a coolly rolled penalty sending Lopes the wrong way after Montano had been sent tumbling by Les Gones' keeper. Before he doubled his personal tally seven minutes later—where having raced free down the left—he slid the ball inside Lopes' near post.
Cruising to victory Montpellier may have been, but Cabella smelled blood, and in the 68th minute he and Montano put the exclamation point on the end of an impressive showing. Again strolling free down the left, Cabella looked into the area and crossed a magnificent arching effort—with his unfavoured left foot—onto the forehead of Montano whose bullet header flew past Lopes.
All in, it was two goals and three assists for Cabella in a magnificent man of the match showing. A tight game had been expected, but Cabella made it anything but.
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