- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Manos Staramopoulos, Democratia, Greece

“Such rare, beautiful goals, like that of Mattia Destro, Roma hardly score. I think it is by far the best in Europe this week.”

Marco Monteverde, News Corp., Australia

“Two of them might have been penalties, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s five goals in two La Liga games was a great week’s work.”

Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland

“The numbers which help depict Lionel Messi’s career are startling; two goals scored on Saturday, five for the season, and 401 in his career. He is just 27.”

Leonardo Bertozzi, ESPN, Argentina

“Neymar scored the first hat trick by a Brazilian of Barcelona in the Spanish league since Rivaldo in 2001, and showed that his partnership with Messi is at its best since his arrival at the club.”

Ubiratan Leal, trivela.com, Brazil

“It’s remarkable how quickly Chelsea have put the pieces in place for this season. The way Diego Costa, Willian, and Oscar get along on the pitch make people think that the Brazilian team could have been much better in the World Cup with proper planning and managing.”

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States

“Over its past four games, Real Madrid has outscored its opponents 20-4. I’m not sure which is the more impressive number, scoring 20 goals in four games or outscoring opponents by 16 goals.”

Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“Marseille are top of the Ligue 1, got their sixth win in a row, have five points more than Paris Saint-Germain, and look like an unstoppable team.”

Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England

“Most weeks it would be hard to overlook Albin Ekdal, whose hat trick put Inter to the sword at San Siro. But this was no ordinary week as Lionel Messi scored the 400th and 401st goals of his career.”

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