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Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States.

''Barcelona, how could I have ever doubted you? To come through with that kind of win in that kind of situation is beyond clutch. They earned so many bonus points in my book for that win that it's going to take something extra special to knock them out of the top spot. Messi continues to the biggest no-brainer in sports. Putting together this list every week involves really just finding nine names to type after Messi's. The way he does it in every game is simply amazing. By American standards, it would be like LeBron James scoring 30 points every time out. I also like to acknowledge good play by goalies, so Fabianski and Mucha, who is only playing because of injury, are noted. I had one spot for two Chelsea players, Torres and Frank Lampard, who scored his 200th goal, but I went with Torres because his came against Steaua Bucharest, not West Ham.''


Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport, France.

''Barcelona rediscovered the heights it had been reaching less and less in recent weeks, basically because of the memorable 4-0 victory over AC Milan. It was the best Barca at the right moment. More surprising is the appearance of Arsenal and Chelsea, which had been laying low in recent weeks. Arsenal beat Bayern away and rediscovered faith that it could still qualify for the Champions League. As for Chelsea, the sort of win over West Ham provides a stiff test of their recruitment policies. When the veterans (Lampard) and the kids (Hazard) come through at the same time, the Blues become a top team again. Lionel Messi has rediscovered a position he knows well; a fantastic week for him. Decisive goals against Milan, 18 consecutive Liga games in which he has scored at least one goal.''


James Thorogood,, Germany.

''Nuri Sahin - The Turkish international has had to be patient since rejoining Dortmund after unsuccessful spells with Real Madrid and Liverpool, but was back to his influential best against Freiburg, scoring twice and setting up Robert Lewandowski's first. If this is a sign of things to come then Sahin is back on the path BVB set him on before he left for Spain. Dortmund put their disappointing Revierderby defeat behind them in style as they came from a goal down to put five past Freiburg on Saturday. When BVB are clicking on all gears there are few sides in the world that can stop them and with just the Champions League to concentrate on, Europe needs to wary of Jurgen Klopp's talented youngsters.''


Will Tidey, The Bleacher Report, United States.

''They said Messi couldn't perform against Italian teams. He scored twice and inspired Barca to a 4-0 win against Milan. They won't say it again. Eden Hazard - The Belgian was at his bedazzling best against West Ham, accessing his full array of tricks and burning past opponents at will. Rome's footballing Pope was it again on Sunday. Francesco Totti's 360-degree back-heel, which went viral in a matter of seconds, was followed by a trademark goal from a free kick. Another standing ovation at Roma's training ground surely awaits.''


Mike McGrath, Wardles news agency/The Sun, England.

''Scoring for 18 La Liga games in a row is an incredible record but it is almost expected now from Lionel Messi. Another week, another record is broken. Barcelona were fantastic against AC Milan in the Champions League as well, so there was only one choice for who tops the list for clubs and players.''


Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy.

''Very easy to say Barcelona and Messi, and to add Villa, finally. Second shot for Chelsea (and the beautiful Hazard), because Benitez is taking off both in Premier and Europa League: considering the hard situation in which he's working, big job. In the heart of the astonishing Borussia Dortmund, Sahin is returning to the pre-Madrid level. At last, one vote for Argentinian San Lorenzo: they gained the best supporter possible, and of course they won their match.''


Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy.

''It's been a great week for Barcelona: they demolished AC Milan and got to the Champions League quarterfinals and Lionel Messi was once again their main actor. Frank Lampard scored 200 goals for Chelsea, a fantastic achievement for a midfielder. He really can't stop showing everybody what a great professional he is and it seems crazy Chelsea are not doing everything they can to keep him at Stamford Bridge. Francesco Totti scored against Parma and that was his 226th goal in Serie A: He's now the second all-time scorer just after Silvio Piola. The king of Rome is playing as if it all started yesterday but next week it will be 20 years of Serie A for him!''


Orfeo Suarez, Il Mundo, Spain.

''David Villa, in the week of his comeback, scored in Champions League and in Liga. Malaga is the third Spanish team in next round of the league. Reaches quarterfinals for the first time in its history, with a good match from golden boy Isco, the new talent for Mr. Del Bosque in the national team.

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