Messi tops Player Power Rankings; Balotelli and Mbappe also feature
ESPN FC's worldwide editorial desks nominate their top performers from the weekend's action. This week's No. 1 was a unanimous choice.
1. Lionel Messi | Barcelona
Why he's here: Scored a hat trick in the 5-0 win vs. Barcelona; all three of his shots on target found the net. He has five goals in his last two league games.
2. Ciro Immobile | Lazio
Why he's here: After netting Italy's midweek World Cup qualifying winner against Israel, Immobile scored three times in 10 minutes as Lazio thrashed Milan 4-1.
3. Gabriel Jesus | Man City
Why he's here: As his strike partnership with Sergio Aguero blossoms, Jesus helped himself to two goals against a Liverpool side reeling after Sadio Mane's red card.
4. Mario Balotelli | Nice
Why he's here: Balotelli's first goals of the Ligue 1 season -- a penalty and a close-range finish -- came in a fine 4-0 win against defending champions Monaco.
5. Danny Welbeck | Arsenal
Why he's here: Arsenal needed a win and Welbeck, starting up front ahead of Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez, was their catalyst with goals early in each half.
6. Asier Illaramendi | Real Sociedad
Why he's here: La Real are the only team not named Barcelona to have won their opening three Liga games; two-goal Illaramendi inspired them vs. Deportivo.
7. Mark Uth | Hoffenheim
Why he's here: With two goals, Uth scored the goals that beat Bayern Munich; he has three in the league this season and also scored home and away vs. Liverpool.
8. Harry Kane | Tottenham
Why he's here: It's September, therefore Kane is scoring again. His first against Everton was his 100th for Spurs and his second wrapped up a comprehensive win.
9. Kylian Mbappe | Paris Saint-Germain
Why he's here: On his PSG debut, Mbappe scored one and set up another in a 5-1 win at Metz. Neymar and Edinson Cavani contributed three of the other goals.
10. Christian Eriksen | Tottenham
Why he's here: The Danish midfielder was at the heart of his side's attacking threat at Everton and his first league goal of the season doubled Tottenham's lead
Also receiving votes: Edinson Cavani, Maxim Choupo-Moting, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Paulo Dybala, Pascal Gross, Ivan Perisic.
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