'Has reached a new level this season' - Goal's World Player of the Week Alexis Sanchez

World Player of the Week
Alexis Sanchez
 
AGE 25
POSITION Forward
PLAYS FOR Barcelona
WEEK IN NUMBERS
APPS (GOALS SCORED) 1(3)
TIME ON PITCH 74
PREVIOUS WINS 1

Barcelona 4-0 Elche
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Perhaps it was the impending return of Lionel Messi or merely his fresh legs after the winter break, but whatever the reason, Alexis Sanchez started 2014 with a bang on Sunday.

The 25-year-old - so often a peripheral figure at Camp Nou last season - has become a dangerous weapon in Barcelona's arsenal and again showcased his pedigree with a match-winning display in a 4-0 win. 

Goal's Adrian Boullosa said: "Alexis Sanchez scored an amazing hat-trick during the clash between Barcelona and Elche at Camp Nou.

"The Chile forward, who made his 14th appearance in La Liga, played a key role in the triumph in the Blaugrana's first match of 2014 before Messi's return (expected against Atletico on the next matchday).

"The 25-year-old has reached a new level this season thanks to Gerardo Martino." 



Congratulations to Alexis Sanchez, Goal's 242nd World Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Arturo Vidal - Juventus

@Mr_Mawela: "Does Vidal ever stop running? #beast."

Goal's Federico Casotti: "Scored the opening goal - his eighth of the season - in Juve's 3-0 win over Roma."

Steve Mbida - Yzeure

 @CraigTurnbull: "The stuff dreams are made of in a cup giant-killing."

Goal's Hocine Harzoune: "His volley saw part-time side Yzuere knock Lorient out of the Coupe de France."

Koke - Atletico Madrid

@James_97: "Man Utd need to get on the phone to Atletico Madrid #Koke."

Goal's Chris Myson: "The 21-year-old scored the only goal of the game in Atletico Madrid's 1-0 win over Malaga."

Jamie Paterson - Nottingham Forest

@CRad92: "No shock to see Jamie Paterson taking teams apart."

Goal's Joe Wright: "The striker scored a hat-trick as Forest pulled off an FA Cup upset in beating West Ham 5-0."