European Team of the Week: Lionel Messi Back to His Best as Juan Cuadrado Shines

WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 27:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and FC Barcelona at El Madrigal on April 27, 2014 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Juan Guillermo Cuadrado is's European Player of the Week after attaining a perfect 10 rating for his performance against Bologna.

The Colombian was on hand to net a brace and provide the assist for Josip Ilicic in Fiorentina's 3-0 win.

Cuadrado executed a match-high five key passes in the victory, while only Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (six) completed more successful dribbles than the Viola winger (five) in the encounter.

FLORENCE, ITALY - APRIL 19: Guillermo Cuadrado of ACF Fiorentina fights for the ball with Rafael Toloi of AS Roma during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AS Roma at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 19, 2014 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Gabrie
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For the second week running, Fabian Orellana features on the right wing following another commendable display for Celta de Vigo.

The 28-year-old played a prominent role in the 4-1 win over Valladolid, providing two assists from five key passes. With the majority of Celta's attacks coming down the right (41 percent), Orellana impressed on the flank to help Os Celestes to their third league win in five games.

Premier League duo Mesut Ozil and Jonjo Shelvey make up the midfield. Each netted in respective wins for Arsenal and Swansea, and the pair were able to register a combined three assists and nine key passes between them as both teams secured all three points in the latest round of league fixtures.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  Paul Dummett of Newcastle United tackles Mesut Oezil of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on April 28, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/
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Up front, Claudio Pizarro exhibited his striking prowess with another impressive performance for Bayern Munich in the buildup to their Champions League tie with Real Madrid.

Pizarro provided the assist for Franck Ribery’s goal before netting twice in the space of four second-half minutes as Bayern twice came from behind to defeat Werder Bremen 5-2.

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 27:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and FC Barcelona at El Madrigal on April 27, 2014 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty
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Lionel Messi partners the Peruvian in attack. The Argentine scored the winner in Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Villarreal after the Catalan side came from 2-0 down to secure maximum points.

Messi completed more dribbles (six) than any other player at the Madrigal and executed a game-high five key passes.

Nathaniel Clyne put in a good performance for Southampton in their 2-0 win over Everton in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.

Clyne did his England chances a world of good with a WhoScored rating of 8.6, making nine tackles and three interceptions to counter the Everton attack, with 42 percent of the visitors’ offensive touches coming down their left flank.

Senad Lulic takes his place at left-back due to his display against Livorno. The Lazio full-back provided an assist for his side in the 2-0 win and regularly saw his defensive capabilities tested, having been forced into making four tackles, three interceptions and six clearances over the 90 minutes.

Nemanja Vidic was crucial in Manchester United keeping a clean sheet against Norwich in Ryan Giggs’ first game in charge, showcasing what they will be missing when he joins Inter in the summer.

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Vidic won 12 aerial duels in the 4-0 win and made two tackles, five interceptions and 19 clearances to repel the Norwich attack.

Sergio Ramos partners Vidic at centre-back this week. The Spaniard netted his first league goal of 2014 in the 4-0 win over Osasuna, and while he impressed defensively, it was his calm demeanour in the Real Madrid back line that won him the plaudits.

Ninety-one percent of Ramos’ 70 attempted passes found a team-mate, matching Los Blancos’ statistically calculated "possession football" and "short passes" as they dispatched Osasuna with ease.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen completes the European Team of the Week following a match-winning display away at Schalke. The Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper saved all six of Schalke’s shots on target, accentuating why he is considered a favourite to succeed Víctor Valdes at Barcelona in the summer.

Ter Stegen also claimed six crosses and was duly rewarded for his performance with a rating of 8.6 in the 1-0 win.

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