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Paulo Dybala’s first-ever Serie A hat trick helps him finish atop this week’s player power rankings.
Juventus coach Max Allegri looks forward to facing Barcelona in the group stages of the Champions League.

ESPN FC’s worldwide editorial desks nominate their top performers from the weekend’s action, and the results are collated into a top 10. This is Player Power Rankings.

1. Paulo Dybala | Juventus

Why he’s here: Scored a hat trick after Juve trailed 2-0 at Genoa after just seven minutes, ensuring the Bianconeri left the port city with a 4-2 win on Saturday.

2. Lionel Messi | Barcelona

Why he’s here: With Luis Suarez injured and Ousmane Dembele still en route, Messi had it all to do, and he scored both of Barcelona’s goals in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Alaves.

3. Marco Asensio | Real Madrid

Why he’s here: Asensio scored another screamer and added a second to rescue a point as Madrid fought back for a 2-2 draw vs. Valencia on Sunday.

4. Mauro Icardi | Inter Milan

Why he’s here: Icardi turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead with a brace inside 10 minutes en route to Inter’s 3-1 win at Roma on Saturday.

5. Roberto Firmino | Liverpool

Why he’s here: Firmino registered a goal and an assist in Liverpool’s 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal on Sunday, and thrived as the Reds’ focal point.

Paulo Dybala Player Power Rankings graphic
Paulo Dybala struck a hat trick in Juventus’ 4-2 win over Genoa on Saturday.

6. Alvaro Morata | Chelsea

Why he’s here: Morata assisted on Chelsea’s opener before scoring an insurance goal in the Blues’ 2-0 win vs. Everton on Sunday.

7. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich

Why he’s here: Two goals from Lewandowski three minutes apart secured Bayern a 2-0 win vs. Werder Bremen on Saturday.

8. Edinson Cavani | Paris Saint-Germain

Why he’s here: Cavani won and converted a penalty before adding a second goal to his tally as PSG defeated Saint-Etienne on Friday.

9. Marcus Rashford | Manchester United

Why he’s here: Rashford scored United’s winner four minutes after being subbed on in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Leicester.

10. Timo Werner | RB Leipzig

Why he’s here: Two goals for Werner as Leipzig dismantled Freiburg 4-1 on Sunday.

Also receiving votes: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Suso (AC Milan).

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