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Suarez the 'Superhuman' and the Top 5 Players from Around the World This Weekend

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2014

Suarez the 'Superhuman' and the Top 5 Players from Around the World This Weekend

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    Liverpool's 24-year wait for a 19th-league title may soon be over thanks to the ongoing efforts of Luis Suarez.

    When Tottenham visited on Sunday, the Uruguayan bagged his 29th goal in 27 league games this season, giving some justification to Brendan Rodgers' claims that he is worth £100 million. 

    Suarez leads our list of the top five players this weekend...

Luis Suarez

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    Another week, another excellent Luis Suarez performance.

    The Uruguayan scored his 29th league goal of the season against a woeful Tottenham side on Sunday, contributing to a 4-0 win that put Liverpool at the top of the Premier League. The 27-year-old had a chance to double his tally when his header was tipped onto the bar by Hugo Lloris.  

    The Mirror's Oliver Holt said Suarez played like a "superhuman" at Anfield, which is by no means understating his contribution. 

    Suarez has now managed more Premier League goals in a single season than any other Liverpool player, and he is on course to smash the Premier League Golden Boot record of 34 that is jointly held by Alan Shearer and Andy Cole. Those '90s strikers, of course, had an extra four games in their seasons to reach that figure.

     

Gareth Bale

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    Gareth Bale has come under criticism in recent matches, with fans disappointed by the world's most expensive player's form in Real Madrid's two straight defeats last week. 

    During Rayo Vallecano's visit to the Bernabeu on Saturday, however, the Welshman earned his wages by scoring two and providing an assist in a 5-0 win.

    Bale's first goal—his first in seven games—was a close-range tap-in, but his second involved an incredible 64-meter run to goal. The last defender has absolutely no idea how to contain him!

    However, the former Tottenham star did slightly let himself down before he found the net: it's unlikely he'll want to see this epic fail again. 

Steven Naismith

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    Everton took another step towards swiping Arsene Wenger's fourth-place trophy with a 3-1 win over troubled Fulham at Craven Cottage. 

    Steven Naismith only made an appearance in the second half due to an injury to Ross Barkley. Yet the Scotsman managed to turn the game after five minutes on the field when his deflected volley was put in by David Stockdale, who was awarded the own goal.

    Naismith was only denied his third Premier League goal of the campaign by a little over 35 minutes, as his stabbed finish killed the tie off with a few minutes to go. Moments before the final whistle, he hit the post was a well-taken low drive too.

    Naismith had a game-changing afternoon and may have had Roberto Martinez wishing he had introduced him earlier: According to a tweet by WhoScored, the 27-year-old has now scored in two of his three appearances at Craven Cottage.  

Kaka

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    Much like his club, AC Milan, Kaka has not been in great form this season. Before Saturday's match against Chievo, the Brazilian had found the net only once in 13 appearances.

    However, Kaka celebrated the landmark of his 300th game in a Rossoneri shirt with a commanding performance and two goals. 

    His first came in the 27th minute, when he neatly chested down a Keisuke Honda through ball to slot home. Then, early in the second half, Kaka reminded Milan fans of his revered status at the San Siro with a superb curling shot from the edge of the box.

    He left the field 20 minutes later to a standing ovation.

Claudio Pizarro

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    Claudio Pizarro isn't given a huge amount of opportunities to shine at Bayern Munich. His appearance in Saturday's 3-3 draw with TSG Hoffenheim, in fact, was only his third Bundesliga start of the season. And he was probably only given the start because the Bavarians wrapped up the Bundesliga title earlier this week.

    The Peruvian gave Pep Guardiola some very convincing reasons to utilise him more often, managing two goals and an assist for Xherdan Shaqiri during a frantic 10-minute period of the first half. He was almost certainly the most effective man on the pitch, an opinion enforced by his player rating of 9.19 from WhoScored.com

    Even with his dynamic performance, Pizarro was unable to stop Bayern's 19-game winning streak ending when Hoffenheim's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino equalised in the 75th minute.

     

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