Goal's World Player of the Week: Alexis Sanchez

With Lionel Messi still sidelined, the Barcelona forward notched a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Elche.
World Player of the Week
Alexis Sanchez
AGE 25
PLAYS FOR Barcelona

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 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."