Eden Hazard's Supremacy and the Top 5 Players from Around the World This Weekend
Following Chelsea's 3-0 win over Newcastle, in which a resplendent Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick, Jose Mourinho was incredulous that Hazard has not been awarded a Player of the Month Award this season.
"It is quite surprising for me that such a young player with what he is showing this season is never player of the month," he told Sky Sports.
The Special One hailed the Belgian as "the greatest young player in the world" to the BBC after the game—and on current form, it is a difficult claim to dispute. Unsurprisingly, Hazard leads our list of the top five players of the weekend.
Despite Jose Mourinho's recent insistence that Chelsea will not win the league this season, his "little horses" climbed to the top of the Premier League on Saturday with a resounding 3-0 win over Newcastle.
The win was inspired by Hazard, who further cemented his status as one of the most talented players in the world with a faultless performance.
Even Newcastle manager Alan Pardew joined in with the admiration for the Belgian, showering him with praise in the post-match interview, via the BBC.
Hazard's finest moment was probably the second goal, where he showed a near-telepathic connection with Samuel Eto'o to slot home after a lovely one-two move.
If you had gone to the bookmakers to back Martin Skrtel to score an early brace against Arsenal on Saturday, you may have received some strange looks.
Yet the Slovakian defender was the catalyst for Liverpool's 5-1 rout over the Gunners at Anfield, connecting with a Steven Gerard free kick within the first minute and then heading one of his corners into the back of the net nine minutes later.
In addition to an impeccable performance at the back, Skrtel also ended the day with an impressive stat: According to Uber Football Facts on Twitter, he has scored four league goals from nine shots this season. Fernando Torres has managed the same amount of goals from 31 shots.
There's a three-way tie on 57 points at the top of La Liga after leaders Atletico Madrid were stunned by Almeria and Barcelona won 4-1 at Sevilla.
In a game that proved to be the Spanish equivalent of a wet Tuesday night in Stoke, Leo Messi scored his 10th and 11th goals of the campaign—both long-range efforts from impressive counterattacks.
Nevertheless, it was a superb performance from the Atomic Flea, whose 226 La Liga goals now bring him within 25 strikes of the league's all-time top scorer Telmo Zarra, via @Messistats.
Spanish winger Iago Falque has yet to make a competitive appearance for Tottenham, but he enjoyed a breakout performance with his loan side Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
The relegation-threatened side triumphed 4-1 over Malaga with the Galician scoring a superb solo effort in the 26th minute, during which he charged down the right wing and nutmegged two players.
Falque showed near identical skill in the 63rd minute, nutmegging yet another defender to slot home from the edge of the box.
"Apart from the goals, Iago defended, attacked and was a reference for all," said Rayo coach Paco Jemez to Alvaro Olmedo of Marca.
Milan were sunk 3-1 by Napoli in Sao Paolo on Saturday, but the struggling giants took the lead in the seventh minute from the right boot of their new loan signing Adel Taarabt.
The Rossoneri have come under criticism for attempting to solve their problems with the Moroccan, but he announced his arrival in Serie A with a stunning individual goal that Pepe Reina could not keep from bounding past him.
The folks at WhoScored.com noted on Twitter that Taarabt failed to score in the league for Fulham in 29 games this season, but he managed a beauty with his first shot for Milan.
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