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Luis Suarez's devastating performance pushes him to top of Power Rankings

Each week, ESPN FC's worldwide editorial desks nominate their top 10 performers from the weekend action, and the results are collated into a final Player Power Rankings countdown.

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1. Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

Suarez stole headlines at the weekend for finishing that penalty, but the Uruguayan scored twice more and created goals for Neymar and Ivan Rakitic along the way. Suarez's hat trick takes his season total to 23 goals in 22 La Liga appearances, opening up a two-goal advantage over Cristiano Ronaldo in the Pichichi race.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Speaking of Ronaldo, the Portuguese enjoyed a productive weekend himself. Madrid's No. 7 produced several early dribbles, take-ons, tricks and flicks that wound the clocks back, before scoring twice and teeing up Toni Kroos en route to a 4-2 win over Athletic. The win sees Los Blancos remain in third place in the La Liga table, a point behind Atletico Madrid and four back from Barcelona, who have a game in hand.

3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Messi was directly involved in four of Barcelona's six goals in their 6-2 trouncing of Celta Vigo, scoring a sumptuous free-kick goal and laying off the becoming-infamous penalty for Suarez to smash into a mostly empty net. While the Argentine has a relatively modest La Liga scoring record of 13 goals this season, he's registered a goal or an assist in six straight league matches.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez
Lionel Messi, left, and Luis Suarez picked Celta Vigo apart all by themselves on Sunday.

4. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

For the third time in four matches in 2016, Lewandowski scored at least two goals. The Pole was clinical in Bayern's 3-1 win over Augsburg, displaying excellent technical quality in his first finish, a turn-and-swivel motion that left goalkeeper Marwin Hitz stranded. Lewandowski now has 21 goals in 20 Bundesliga matches, and 31 in 31 across all competitions.

5. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

It was a memorable season debut for Welbeck, who replaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on 83 minutes after missing Arsenal's entire campaign thus far with a knee injury. Ten minutes after coming on, the England international had scored the winner in the Gunners' crucial 2-1 win over Premier League-leading Leicester to ensure the title race remains wide open.

6. Simone Zaza (Juventus)

It's been a rather anonymous season for Zaza, who has scored four goals and no assists in just 11 Serie A appearances since joining Juventus in the summer. That didn't stop the Italian international from deciding Serie A's biggest match of the season, scoring in the 88th minute to gift the Bianconeri a win over Napoli to overtake Maurizio Sarri's men at the top of the table.

7. Pedro (Chelsea)

Without doubt, Pedro put in his best performance since swapping Barcelona for West London in the summer. The Spanish international was electric on the flanks, and that pace set him up well to score a brace in Chelsea's 5-1 demolition of Newcastle on Saturday. Pedro's pair of tallies were just his fourth and fifth of the season for Chelsea, in a span of 27 appearances.

Pedro put in the best performance of his Chelsea career in the 5-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

8. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

Happy birthday, Christian Eriksen. The Dane celebrated his 24th birthday on Sunday by scoring the winner in Spurs' impressive 2-1 victory at Manchester City to remain firmly in the title hunt. Eriksen now has three goals and two assists in his past five Premier League appearances.

9. Mohamed Salah (Roma)

Salah got involved in all three of Roma's goals in their 3-1 win over Carpi on Friday. In one instance, the Egyptian set up Edin Dzeko with a tap-in finish before scoring himself less than a minute later.

10. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Successfully fought off the attentions of Leicester City's stellar N'Golo Kante to pull Arsenal's strings again. Ozil supplied the cross that Welbeck ultimately flicked home for the winner, taking his Premier League tally to 17 on the season -- three short of the all-time record, set by Thierry Henry, with 12 games remaining.

Also receiving votes: N'Golo Kante, James Rodriguez, Dimitri Payet, Philippe Coutinho, Keisuke Honda, Carlos Bacca, Neymar.


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