There's Lionel Messi, and then there's the rest. The weekend's football in Europe seemed to suggest so, although one must put this helpful caveat: Juventus gave Cristiano Ronaldo the weekend off.
Here are the best numbers from the weekend:
Lionel Messi scored his 33rd La Liga hat-trick in the course of Barcelona's 4-1 win away to Real Betis, also his 45th hat-trick for Barcelona across all competitions. He also has six hat-tricks for the Argentina national team, taking his overall tally in competitive...
Nick Miller recaps a topsy-turvy weekend, with Premier League and FA Cup quarterfinal action serving up another football feast.
Response of the weekend
For the last few months Liverpool have, in the Premier League at least, been sprinting along a tightrope. Sometimes they've kept a straight and steady course. Sometimes they've wobbled. Sometimes they've almost fallen off only to just about right themselves.
It must be a pretty stressful business watching them. They have lain bare their deficiencies...