|World Player of the Week
|Deportivo La Coruna
Even by Lionel Messi's impossibly-high standards, this was something of a week to remember.
The attacking maestro scored the first in Argentina's 2-1 win over Chile in midweek to keep them top of the Conmebol qualifying group, dragging the ball back and away from the defender before firing home in style.
On Saturday, Messi settled a thriller at the Riazor to keep Barcelona top of the Liga pile, hitting a superb hat-trick (his 21st for the Blaugrana) and creating another as Tito Vilanova's men battled to a 5-4 victory.
And to top it all off, the 25-year-old raced away after the game in Galicia to be by girlfriend Antonella's bedside for the birth of his first son, Thiago.
The Argentina star now has 15 goals this season, and has moved to within four goals of Pele's all-time record of 75 strikes in a calendar year, with his recent performances for club and country surely moving him into poll position to claim another Ballon d'Or as he becomes a father for the first time. Whichever way you look at it, Messi is the daddy.
|Congratulations to Lionel Messi, Goal.com's 179th World Player of the Week winner!