Barcelona and Celtic wrapped up their league titles, Napoli’s Scudetto hopes hit a massive hurdle and more in this week’s In Case You Missed It.
ESPN FC’s global editorial desks nominate their top weekend performers. Lionel Messi’s hat trick in Barcelona’s title-clinching victory tops this week’s edition.
1. Lionel Messi | Barcelona
Why he’s here: Messi has been the star of Barcelona’s season, and once again he delivered, netting a hat trick in Sunday’s 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna that saw the Catalan club clinch their seventh La Liga crown in the past ten years.
2. Giovanni Simeone | Fiorentina
Why he’s here: The son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego, Giovanni Simeone bagged a hat trick in Fiorentina’s 3-0 win over Napoli on Sunday — a result that sees the Partenopei fall four points behind Serie A leaders Juventus.
3. Gonzalo Higuain | Juventus
Why he’s here: In the 87th minute of the Derby d’Italia, Juventus were trailing Inter 2-1, and looked as though they’d be powerless to be overtaken by a Napoli side who’d yet to play. An own goal and an 89th-minute winner from Higuain later, and the Old Lady is back in command of the Serie A title race.
4. Carlos Bacca | Villarreal
Why he’s here: Villarreal beat Celta Vigo 4-1 on Saturday. Bacca opened the scoring, scored his second a minute after Celta equalised and put the game beyond reach by completing his hat trick three minutes after that.
5. Raheem Sterling | Manchester City
Why he’s here: Sterling contributed a treble of assists in City’s 4-1 demolition of West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Lionel Messi topped Player Power Rankings this week after scoring a hat trick in Barcelona’s title-clinching win over Deportivo La Coruna.
6. Dusan Tadic | Southampton
Why he’s here: Tadic’s brace in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday sees the Saints pull within one point of Swansea and Premier League safety — which sets up a delicious contest between the clubs in south Wales in eight days’ time.
7. Andrej Kramaric | Hoffenheim
Why he’s here: Kramaric’s hat trick in the 3-1 victory over Hoffenheim on Friday sees Hoffenheim leapfrog Bayer Leverkusen for fourth — and the final Champions League-qualifying place — in the Bundesliga.
8. Wilfried Zaha | Crystal Palace
Why he’s here: Zaha notched a goal and an assist, and was the heartbeat of all of Palace’s movement going forward, in a 5-0 demolishing of Leicester on Saturday.
9. Edin Dzeko | Roma
Why he’s here: Dzeko scored twice in Roma’s 4-2 win over Chievo Verona on Saturday.
10. Edinson Cavani | Paris Saint-Germain
Why he’s here: PSG looked on holiday in their Ligue 1 match vs. Guingamp, and only Cavani’s brace salvaged a 2-2 draw on Sunday after trailing by a pair of goals.
Also receiving votes: Sandro Wagner (Bayern Munich), Memphis Depay (Lyon).
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