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Max Kruse's brilliant performance has him on top of Player Power Rankings

Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes have a look at this week's Player Power Rankings.

ESPN FC's worldwide editorial desks nominate their top performers from the weekend's action. Werder Bremen forward Max Kruse is this week's No. 1.

1. Max Kruse | Werder Bremen

Why he's here: Kruse had his hand in each one of Werder Bremen's goals in Sunday's 4-0 thrashing of Hannover, scoring a hat trick and assisting on another.

2. Mauro Icardi | Internazionale

Why he's here: The Inter captain scored both his side's goals in a 2-0 win over Atalanta on Sunday.

3. Eden Hazard | Chelsea

Why he's here: Hazard registered a brace and showcased some exquisite interplay with Alvaro Morata as Chelsea dismantled West Brom 4-0 on Saturday.

4. Callum Wilson | Bournemouth

Why he's here: Wilson scored a hat trick in Saturday's 4-0 defeat of Huddersfield. It was the 25-year-old's third start of the season after missing eight months with a cruciate injury.

Max Kruse
Max Kruse scored three times and assisted on another as Werder Bremen beat Hannover 4-0 on Sunday.

5. Mohamed Salah | Liverpool

Why he's here: Two goals in Saturday's 3-0 win over Southampton for Salah, who's been on the scoresheet in six straight matches, dating back to Oct. 14.

6. Luis Suarez | Barcelona

Why he's here: It's been a disappointing season thus far for the Uruguayan, but Suarez got back on track in Barcelona's 3-0 win at Leganes on Saturday, scoring a brace -- his first goals in six matches.

7. Paul Pogba | Manchester United

Why he's here: Pogba made his first start on Saturday after missing two months with a thigh problem, and he immediately took charge of Man United's midfield, scoring one and assisting on another in a 4-1 win vs. Newcastle.

8. Edinson Cavani | Paris Saint-Germain

Why he's here: PSG laboured against Nantes on Saturday, but Cavani's brace helped lift Les Parisiens to a flattering 4-1 victory.

9. Shkodran Mustafi | Arsenal

Why he's here: Not only did Mustafi score the opener in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday, he also successfully silenced Harry Kane.

10. Arturo Vidal | Bayern Munich

Why he's here: After starting two of Bayern's past three matches from the bench, Vidal was in Jupp Heynckes' XI on Saturday, paying dividends with a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win vs. Augsburg.

Also receiving votes: Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Duvan Zapata (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Ron-Robert Zieler (Stuttgart), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

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