Hat trick heroes Vardy, Falcao, Iborra are Europe's players of the week

Monday December 12th, 2016

Top three goals of the week

Jeff Hendrick (Burnley): An impressive chest and volley from the midfielder on the way to his team’s win over Bournemouth.

Arjen Robben (Bayern): The tried and trusted Robben move, cutting in from the right and unleashing a drive into the far corner. He makes it looks simple.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona): Messi dribbled past three opponents and still found time and space to dummy his shot to send another defender sprawling before scoring yet another beauty.

Top three players of the week

Jamie Vardy (Leicester): A hat trick for the England striker, who put in a performance on a par with his 2015-16 form.

Radamel Falcao (Monaco): Another hat trick, this time for the in-form Monaco front-man, who will hope this run continues into February and the showdown with Manchester City.

Vicente Iborra (Sevilla): Sevilla is solidly ensconced in third place in La Liga, and its 3-0 win at Celta Vigo was inspired by Iborra, who was wanted by Sunderland in the summer. The midfielder came on at halftime and scored three goals to justify coach Jorge Sampaoli’s faith in him.

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