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'A history-making hat trick' - Goal's World Player of the Week: Lionel Messi

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World Player of the Week
Lionel Messi
 
AGE  26
POSITION Forward
PLAYS FOR Barcelona
WEEK IN NUMBERS
APPS (GOALS SCORED) 2(4)
TIME ON PITCH 180
PREVIOUS WINS  13

Barcelona  7-0 Osasuna

Did people really believe Lionel Messi's magical powers had suddenly deserted him? He may have taken a little while to refind his best form since his return from injury, but four goals in a week have seen him guide Barcelona into the Champions League quarter-finals and take his place in the record books yet again.

Goal's Miguel Churruca said: "
The Argentinian forward put in a stunning performance last Wednesday during the Champions League clash against Manchester City, when Barcelona confirmed its qualification to the quarterfinals. Messi made it 1-0 in the second half and calmed Camp Nou after a turbulent week.

"In addition to his European appearance, Messi was brilliant Sunday in the 7-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga. He scored a history-making hat trick to become Barca's all-time top goalscorer and now has 370 goals in the Blaugrana jersey.

Congratulations to Lionel Messi, Goal's 252nd World Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Steven Gerrard - Liverpool

@theChrisMyson: "Scored two penalties and missed one as Liverpool dismantled Man United."

Goal's Alec Fenn: "Signalled Liverpool's intent as genuine contenders for the Premier League title."

Dimitar Berbatov - Monaco

 @FootballPaul: "Brilliant goal from Berbatov into the top corner."

Goal's Robin Bairner: "Can be Falcao's replacement after two assists and a goal in the 3-2 win against Lyon."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - PSG

 @FRfootballMax: "37 goals for PSG in one season #Ibra."

Goal's Hocine Harzoune: "Scored twice as PSG secured their 21st league win of the season against Saint-Etienne."

Richard Henyekane - Free State Stars

@cputoia: "Henyekane is man on fire. His first hat trick for the club."

Goal's Ignat Manjoo: "Scored a hat trick to lift FS Stars out of the relegation zone for the first time this season."

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