Top 5 Players from Around the World This Weekend

Charlie Melman@@charliemelmanCorrespondent IIJanuary 12, 2014

Top 5 Players from Around the World This Weekend

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    It's been another thrilling week in football, and although the fixtures have not quite been completed yet, it's time to look back at who really shined.

    There were thrilling contests and blowouts in all of Europe's major leagues, and there were standout players in each competition.

    Here we take a brief look at who shined brightest.

Luis Suarez

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    Different week, same story.

    Once again, Luis Suarez has helped lift Liverpool to victory—this time, it was a heart-pounding, breathtaking, topsy-turvy 5-3 win over Stoke.

    His two goals at pivotal points in the match allowed Liverpool to keep their noses firmly in the title race.

    Unsurprisingly, Suarez linked up with strike partner Daniel Sturridge to great effect all match. The two played off each other extremely well, as they have all season, to crush Stoke's fierce resistance.

    The Reds are now five points behind league leaders Manchester City. 

Adnan Januzaj

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    He didn't score, but Adnan Januzaj had a massive impact in Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Swansea.

    As ESPN FC's Musa Okwonga points out, Januzaj's freedom on the left flank allowed United's attack to cohere with devastating effect.

    He used his special combination of pace and ability to use his technical skills at pace—a trait seen in a young Ryan Giggs—to put Swansea's defense on the back foot and create opportunities for others.

    Regardless of whether or not United have a depth issue, as Okwonga suggests, Januzaj proved once again that he is a potent weapon despite his age. 

Fernando Llorente

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    Earlier this season, Roma set a Serie A record by winning 10 games on the trot. Fernando Llorente's brace helped Juventus break that record with their 11th straight victory.

    The Spaniard received excellent service from his midfield and fellow attacking players and found it easy to dominate Cagliari's back line throughout the match. His two goals were a just reward.

    Llorente's recent form is a stark contrast from his lack of playing time early in the season. Now he has truly settled in at Juve and is running rampant. 

Andre-Pierre Gignac

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    Gignac, once a derided man at Marseille, now finds himself in excellent form and scoring decisive goals at will.

    His latest was the winner against Evian in the sort of all-round excellent performance up front that allows an attack to cohere.

    Gignac's goal in the 38th minute was his sixth in his last five games in all competitions. Teams just do not seem to have an answer when the big Frenchman questions their ability to stop him.

    He is the one indispensable player Olympique de Marseille have right now. 

Eden Hazard

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    Eden Hazard received a double-boost this weekend: He was absolutely brilliant in a goalscoring performance against Hull, and Jose Mourinho vowed to not sell him, per ESPN.

    The latter logically follows from the former, unless Mourinho was not watching the same match to which the rest of the world was treated.

    Hazard was the dynamic presence that he is at his best, creating for others and himself with excellent vision and pacey runs. His goal was wholly deserved, as is his place in Chelsea's starting XI.

    Mourinho would be mad to sell him to PSG based on this evidence.