Lionel Messi is WhoScored.com’s European player of the week. The Argentine was in irresistible form for Barcelona in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Sevilla, bagging a hat-trick, which helped him become the record goalscorer in La Liga. Completing six successful dribbles and with a pass success rate of 95.6 percent, Messi was subsequently awarded a 10 out of 10 for his performance for the Blaugrana at Camp Nou.
Eric Choupo-Moting partners Messi in attack. The Cameroonian excelled for Schalke in their 3-2 win over Wolfsburg at the weekend, with the 25-year-old bagging a first-half brace in the encounter. Choupo-Moting also completed six successful dribbles and won five aerial duels in the victory, and he was duly rewarded with his third WhoScored.com man of the match award in the Bundesliga this season.
Like Messi and Choupo-Moting, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco also earned a WhoScored.com rating of 10 at the weekend in Monaco’s 2-2 draw with Caen. While the youngster failed to get his name on the scoresheet, Ferreira-Carrasco completed 10 successful dribbles in the stalemate—no player has completed more in a single Ligue 1 match this season. The Belgian also played a notable six key passes for Monaco in the fixture, one of which resulted in an assist, and struck the woodwork once during the 90 minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo features on the opposite flank in the team of the week this week. The Portuguese has been in fine form this season and already has 20 league goals to his name, two of which came in Real Madrid’s 4-0 win over Eibar. Ronaldo also registered an assist in the fixture, coming from one of four key passes in the encounter.
Paul Pogba comes into the XI this week as Juventus strengthened their position at the summit of Serie A. The Frenchman netted twice in a 3-0 win over Lazio, but he could have had a hat-trick having struck the woodwork five minutes after bagging his first. Defensively, the young midfielder performed admirably to limit Lazio’s attacking influence, with Pogba making two tackles, two clearances and three interceptions in the win.
He is partnered by Marseille star Dimitri Payet in the middle of the park. The Frenchman has taken over the creative reins left by Mathieu Valbuena following his move to Dinamo Moscow and has not disappointed. The France international executed a whopping nine key passes in the 3-1 win over Marseille, more than any other player has played in a single Ligue 1 match this term, and registered two assists to take his total to six in France’s top tier this term.
Jordan Amavi features at left-back. The 20-year-old full-back has been one of Nice’s most consistent performers this season and proved his defensive credentials for his side once more at the weekend. Despite his young age, Amavi put in a performance way beyond his years at the back, making four tackles and 11 interceptions as Nice came away from their meeting with Reims with a clean sheet. Considering a majority of Reims’ attacks came down the right flank (41 percent), Amavi performed exceptionally to continuously deny the away side on his side of the pitch.
At right-back, Daniel Carvajal features in the XI. The Spaniard was a constant attacking threat from deep for Los Blancos against Eibar, playing three key passes and completing three successful dribbles. Defensively, the 22-year-old impressed with his five tackles, two interceptions and two clearances, helping Madrid to a clean sheet to go with their three points in the 4-0 away win.
Papy Djilobodji starred at centre-back for Nantes in their 0-0 draw with Saint Etienne on Sunday. The powerful defender made four tackles, six interceptions and nine clearances in the encounter and completed three successful dribbles, an impressive feat for a player in his position.
Xabier Etxeita partners Djilobodji at the heart of the back line. Athletic have found some form of late after a lacklustre start to the season, and Etxeita has been central to this, starting each of their last four league games. In that time, Athletic have won 10 points of a possible 12, with Etxeita winning three WhoScored.com man of the match awards of a possible four. The 3-1 weekend win over Espanyol was no exception, with the 27-year-old winning three aerial duels in the victory. Etxeita also made nine tackles, eight interceptions and seven clearances in the fixture to help lift Athletic into the top half of the table.
Completing the XI this week is goalkeeper Andrea Consigli. Sassuolo secured an unlikely 1-0 win at Torino at the weekend, and they have Consigli to thank for that. The 27-year-old saved a first-half penalty from Juan Sanchez Mino—one of his five saves in the victory—as Sassuolo came away from the Stadio Olimpico di Torino with a clean sheet and all three points.
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