Lionel Messi lit up the weekend’s action in La Liga once more with yet another hat-trick, as champions Barcelona beat Real Zaragoza 4-2 at La Romareda.
In my opinion and judging by the recent performances from Messi, we may well be looking at the best player of his generation, let alone on the planet right now. There is simply nothing he cannot do. If he can carry this form into the World Cup then Argentina have to be taken seriously, because at the moment the man is destroying teams single handedly. Arsenal beware!
Elsewhere, his rival for individual and club accolades Cristiano Ronaldo turned in another man of the match performance of his own but without scoring, as Real Madrid stay at the top thanks to a 3-1 victory over Sporting Gijon at the Bernabeu.
Sevilla went down to a 2-0 defeat at Espanyol as their disappointing week continued following their Champions League exit at the hands of CSKA Moscow. Mallorca made the most of that slip, by leaping above them and into 4th place with a 4-1 demolition of Atletico Madrid, who also seemed to be suffering from a European hangover after Thursday’s draw in Lisbon.
Down at the bottom there were priceless wins for Racing Santander, who won 3-1 away to Osasuna and also Valladolid who shocked Deportivo with a 2-0 victory at the Riazor.
Bottom placed Xerez scored a rare result with a 2-1 victory over Tenerife, the side directly above them, but it looks as though it will do little in preventing them for the drop unless they can put together some kind of miracle run of form between now and the end of the season.
Elsewhere Athletic Bilbao and Getafe played out an exciting 2-2 draw, which will do little to boost either sides european ambitions though and Valencia saw off Almeria 2-0 thanks to goals from Juan Mata and David Silva, as they now look almost certain to finish in 3rd place.
In the final game of the weekend on matchday 27, Malaga beat Villareal 2-0 at home to give themselves a little breathing space from the relegation battle, as they moved seven points clear of the bottom three, up onto 30 points.