Ronaldo's Beautiful Brace and the Top 5 Players Around the World This Weekend
Cristiano Ronaldo has spent a few recent matches cheering on Real Madrid in a suit, but his return to full fitness was evident with a magnificent display against Osasuna on Saturday which helped keep his side in the La Liga title race.
Ronaldo and his beautiful brace leads our list of the top five players from world football this weekend. Take a look and leave your opinion in the comments...
Real Madrid rested several players in their 4-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday, but one man who is never satisfied with sitting a game out unnecessarily is Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese forward started the game and didn't take long to show us that concerns for his fitness are unfounded, scoring a beautiful goal from distance after just six minutes.
Then seven minutes into the second half, Ronaldo scored an equally stunning long-distance drive that looked like it might break a hole in the net.
He has now scored 30 league goals this season, which according to InfoCristiano makes him the only Los Blancos star to do this in four consecutive seasons.
Swansea virtually secured themselves Premier League football next season with a 4-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Wilfried Bony had another good outing, but the Swans' standout player was Jonjo Shelvey, who might have scored one of the most impressive goals of the season.
In the 26th minute, with the score even at 1-1, the 21-year-old controlled a Brad Guzan clearance just inside the Villa half and proceeded to volley the ball straight into the top-right corner. Guzan will receive criticism for inviting the effort with a poor clearance and terrible positioning, but Shelvey's technique was superb.
"He came in at half-time shouting 'goal of the season,'" Swansea manager Garry Monk told reporters, while also insisting that the midfielder deserves a World Cup call-up.
In addition to bagging his sixth goal of the season, Shelvey also set up Bony's opener and assisted the Pablo Hernandez goal that sealed the victory.
Claudio Pizarro may have felt conflicted facing his former club Werder Bremen on Saturday, but the Peruvian put on an exceptional performance in Bayern Munich's 5-2 victory.
After Die Roten went behind twice, Pizzaro scored an equaliser in the 53rd minute and bagged his 174th Bundesliga goal four minutes later when he met a David Alaba cross.
Pizarro also assisted Ribery's goal, had another shot cleared off the line and could have completed his hat-trick late in the game when he headed over from a few yards out.
According to Mia San Worldwide, this was Pizarro's 28th Bundesliga brace, a tally only five other players have bettered.
Fiorentina closed in on securing European football next season by beating relegation-threatened Bologna 3-0 on Saturday.
The Viola's best player was undoubtedly Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado, who played a part in all three goals. The 25-year-old opened the scoring by converting a cross from Josip Ilicic after 23 minutes. Then 11 minutes later, Cuadrado repaid the favour to Ilicic by threading him a pass which he converted brilliantly on the edge of the box.
With three minutes left on the clock, the Colombian completed a perfect afternoon by firing in an unstoppable shot from 25 yards. It was so impressive that even the Bologna fans applauded him, per ESPN FC.
Cuadrado's performance was good enough to earn a 10.0 rating from WhoScored.com, a feat achieved by very few players indeed.
If Sunderland survive the drop this season, they will owe a great deal of gratitude to Connor Wickham.
The young striker scored a brace against Manchester City a few weeks ago and another against Chelsea last week. On Sunday, he bagged a brace in the 4-0 victory over Cardiff which lifted the Black Cats out of the relegation zone and left the Welsh side firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.
The 21-year-old opened the scoring after 26 minutes with a header from a Sebastian Larsson corner and netted the fourth with a few minutes to go from another header from a corner. Looks like the lad has been practising his set pieces.