Suarez the Hat-Trick Hero and the Top 5 World Footballers This Weekend
Luis Suarez ensured he will have no competition in picking up the Premier League Golden Boot this season after bagging a hat-trick in Liverpool's 6-3 win at Cardiff.
The Uruguayan wasn't the only title-chasing Premier League star to score three times this weekend, as Yaya Toure led Manchester City's charge towards the top of the table.
There are also places in our weekend commendations for a Spurs hero, the man pulling the strings at Barcelona and a man who scored a very special goal in the Bundesliga.
Here are the top five players of the weekend...
Liverpool came back from behind twice to beat Cardiff 6-3 on Saturday, with Luis Suarez managing to get his name on the scoresheet three times.
The Uruguayan simply cannot stop scoring. His league tally currently stands at 28, which would have been good enough to win the Premier League Golden Boot in four of the last six seasons. Considering the fact that he missed the first five matches of the season through suspension—and that Liverpool still have eight games left to play—this is extremely impressive.
For his nearly faultless efforts in Wales, Suarez was awarded a perfect 10 rating by WhoScored.com.
Liverpool have now scored 82 league goals this season—an average of 2.7 per game—and have the top three scorers in the league on their team.
Suarez wasn't the only Premier League player to walk away with the match ball on Saturday: Yaya Toure scored three of Manchester City's five unanswered goals against Fulham at Eastlands.
The talismanic Ivorian scored his first from the penalty spot after Fernando Amorebieta brought down Alvaro Negredo. He converted once again from the spot in the second half when the same defender scythed David Silva, earning a dismissal in the process.
Toure then capped a marvellous afternoon by scoring from 25 yards, bringing his season tally to 16 league goals and 20 in all competitions.
He received a standing ovation from the home crowd when he was substituted in the 77th minute, no doubt filling him with confidence for Tuesday's big game with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Gylfi Sigurdsson may have secured Tottenham three points with his long-range winner against Southampton on Sunday, but he wouldn't have been able to do it without a superb assist from Spurs' real hero of the day: Christian Eriksen.
In addition to the winning assist, the Danish midfielder scored a goal either side of the half, cancelling out the earlier efforts of Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana.
According to a tweet from Richard Keys, this is the first time Eriksen has ever scored twice in a game. Squawka, meanwhile, note that the 22-year-old has a shot accuracy of 75 percent in the Premier League this season and converts chances at a rate of 21 percent.
Hat-trick hero Lionel Messi may have stolen the spotlight during Sunday evening's highly eventful Clasico, and his contributions should in no way be diminished.
However, his teammate Andres Iniesta played an absolutely superb game, scoring the thunderous opener within seven minutes and winning the penalty to complete Messi's hat-trick and the Blaugrana's win.
The Spanish World Cup hero oozed class throughout the match and has the statistics to back his performance up: According to WhoScored, he enjoyed an impressive 91 percent pass accuracy with 104 touches.
Bastian Schweinsteiger enjoyed an excellent game in Bayern Munich's 2-0 win at Mainz on Saturday, but one of the most impressive displays in the Bundesliga came from his future teammate Robert Lewandowski.
Borussia Dortmund maintained their ground in the battle for second place thanks to a 3-0 win at Hannover. The second goal came courtesy of a sublime piece of skill from the Polish striker.
The Bundesliga YouTube channel claim he ran 60 meters (65 yards) in a move that saw him pick up the ball on the edge of the Hannover penalty area before getting the better of no less than five defenders.
Lewandowski's goal and the win helped ensure his future employer Bayern will have to wait a few more days before they can be declared German champions once again.