With every passing weekend, this season's Premier League seems to be getting better and better.
We are seeing plenty of thrilling entertaining sides, a healthy spattering of upsets and some superb goals. The two standout English games of this weekend were almost certainly Arsenal's encounter at Manchester City and Liverpool's demolition of Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Those two games lead our best moments in this world football weekend, which also include highlights from across the continent and a league champion in South America.
Last month's thrilling Merseyside derby received some stiff competition for the best Premier League match of the season so far from Arsenal's visit to Eastlands.
The matchup was tantalising: The Citizens are unbeatable at home and the Gunners are pretty nifty on the road, with an unrivalled defensive record. It was the home side, however, who showed the stronger resolve, scoring six in an epic nine-goal thriller and making the Premier League leaders look fairly ordinary.
Sergio Aguero opened proceedings with a lovely volley after 14 minutes, but the man who has scored 19 goals in 20 games limped off in the second half with a calf injury that might keep him out for up to six weeks (as per The Mirror).
City enjoyed the lion's share of a thoroughly enjoyable attack-focused match, which contained several sour notes for the visitors besides the 6-3 scoreline: Jack Wilshere may be in line for a ban for flipping off the home fans, while Mesut Ozil was reprimanded by colleague Per Mertesacker for failing to clap the travelling supporters.
City have now scored 35 goals at home and have shown they are capable of winning on the road with a surprise result at Bayern Munich's fortress midweek.
Luis Suarez has now scored 17 goals in 11 Premier League matches for Liverpool this season. Not only is this a Premier League record and by far the best goal ratio of any player on the continent, but it is two more goals than Sunday's opponents Tottenham have managed collectively in this campaign.
Prior to this game, the Reds had not won at White Hart Lane in their last six visits and hadn't notched up an away victory since September. Thanks to a brace from Suarez and goals from Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan and Raheem Sterling, that trend was reversed, and Brendan Rogers' side moved within two points of league leaders Arsenal.
Spurs, meanwhile, have suffered their second "expressive" scoreline of the season (that is Andre Villas-Boas' description he gave to The Guardian), leaving a dark could over the team and putting the manager under intense pressure.
Reigning Premier League champions and mid-table chancers Manchester Utd have been having a rough time of late, but avoided a third Premier League defeat on the spin with an emphatic 3-0 win over Aston Villa.
Danny Welbeck scored twice in three minutes in the first half, with Tom Cleverley adding a third after the break.
According to the BBC, Aston Villa haven't beaten the Red Devils at home since 1995, and this result condemns them to their fifth home defeat in their last eight. United, meanwhile, sit 10 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal and seven points off of the pace of Champions League qualification.
Norwich summer signing Gary Hooper has been earning his keep with four goals in his past six games, including a stunner against Swansea on Sunday.
The former Celtic striker beat Swans keeper Michel Vorm from 25 yards with a superb volley just before half-time, earning the Canaries a vital point that saw them move up to 14th place in the Premier League table.
Perhaps a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad beckons for Mr. Hooper?
Real Madrid could only manage a 2-2 draw with Osasuna, meaning their Catalan rivals Barcelona pulled five points ahead of them in the Spanish title race with a 2-1 win over Villarreal.
The man of the moment was Neymar, who added to his midweek Champions League hat-trick with a brace at the Nou Camp. He also picked up a rather ludicrous booking for taking a corner too quickly, which will see him suspended for the Blaugrana's forthcoming match with Getafe.
Barca's closest competitor at the top of the league is now Atletico Madrid, who are in second place only on goal difference after a 3-0 win against Valencia.
Bayern Munich concluded their 2013 Bundesliga duties with a 3-1 win over Hamburg on Saturday, with goals from Mario Mandzukic, Mario Gotze and a last-gasp effort from Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Bavarians are now seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, and officially champions of the first half of the season. They will now head to Morocco to compete in the Club World Cup, facing Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday.
Elsewhere in Germany, Borussia Dortmund's title challenge appears to be faltering as they were held to a draw at Hoffenheim. BvB have now only picked up one win in their last five outings, with Leverkusen remaining Bayern's closest challenger.
Juventus bounced back from the bitter disappointment of midweek Champions League elimination to record a rousing 4-0 home win over Serie A newbies Sassuolo on Sunday.
The star of the show was Carlos Tevez, who bagged a hat-trick and set up the fourth for Federico Peluso.
The win put the Old Lady six points clear of Roma at the top of the table, with the Giallorossi facing Milan at the San Siro on Monday evening.
Pope Francis will be smiling broadly this week. His favourite side San Lorenzo won the first half of the Argentinean Primera División on Sunday with a goalless draw against Velez Sarsfield.
Any one of four teams could have taken the title on the final day, but Lanus, current champions Newell's Old Boys and the aforementioned Velez Sarsfield failed to capitalise.
The second half of the season will start up in February.
Finally this week, we take a look at a bizarre incident from the Turkish Super Lig.
When Besiktas were on the attack during a visit to Kasimpasa on Saturday, defender Ryan Donk came across a stray ball that was thrown onto the pitch in error. Instead of ignoring it, the Dutchman picked it up and hung on to it, before throwing it at the live match ball as a means of thwarting the attack!
This novel defensive method was not viewed kindly by the referee, who issued a yellow card. Regardless, Kasimpasa emerged 2-1 victors.