The fun of the 2020/21 season is almost over. We know who’s taking home the Bundesliga, Premier League and Serie A titles, but it’s still all to play for in La Liga and Ligue 1.
This week brought us some big individual performances – some big, trophy-winning performances – so now there’s nothing left to do but rank the most in-form players.
For this instalment, it’s over to the Ocean’s trilogy for a little help.
“Are you in yet?”
“I hate that question.” (Ocean’s Thirteen)
We’re obviously talking about Juventus being in the Champions League. Get your head out the gutter.
A goal from Ronaldo in a crucial 3-2 win over Inter could go a long way to steering I Nerazzuri into Europe, but the Portugal international’s fun didn’t stop there this week.
His Juve side went on to win the Coppa Italia, handing Ronaldo the only major trophy he was missing in English football. He’s now completed clean sweeps in England, Spain and Italy. Decent.
“Could you make it any more complicated?” (Ocean’s Thirteen)
The Liga NOS top scorer race went right down to the wire. Benfica’s Haris Seferovic began the final day ahead by one goal, and he must have felt good about his chances of winning when he netted twice against Vitoria, but Goncalves was having none of it.
Having bagged two in the penultimate game, Goncalves went one better and fired home a hat-trick to end the season with 23 goals, one ahead of Seferovic.
“Terry, I can’t predict the future. I pay professionals to do that, and even they get it wrong sometimes.” (Ocean’s Twelve)
Did anyone see this coming? Anyone?
Scoring in a Steve Bruce side is hard enough, but Willock is making it look scarily simple. He’s on a run of six games with a goal and is behind only Callum Wilson in Newcastle‘s scoring charts… despite the fact he has only started ten games.
“S**t! S**t! S**t!” (Ocean’s Thirteen)
After a run of electric form, De Paul put the breaks on this week.
He couldn’t muster up any magic as Udinese fell 1-0 to Sampdoria, and now De Paul’s side cannot finish in the top half of the table.
“Smash and grab job, huh?”
“Slightly more complicated than that.”
“Well, yeah.” (Ocean’s Eleven)
Sevilla dominated possession in their meeting with Moreno’s Villarreal, but not only did they lose, but they were comprehensively thumped 4-0.
Moreno had plenty of fun in the game, coming away with one goal and one assist.
“Nothing costs nothing.” (Ocean’s Twelve)
With Borussia Dortmund qualifying for the Champions League, Haaland’s price tag just got a little higher than it already was.
The Norway man might not have scored in his side’s decisive 3-1 win over Mainz, but he did pick up his eighth assist of the season for Julian Brandt’s late strike.
“Oh, I don’t lose. People who bet on me to lose lose. And they lose big.” (Ocean’s Thirteen)
Mbappe stole the show in the Coupe de France final against Monaco, walking away with a goal and an assist in PSG’s 2-0 victory and nearly adding an outrageous third from range.
It was the perfect end to a week which also saw him net in a 4-0 win over Reims.
“Its not in my nature to be mysterious, but I can’t talk about it and I can’t talk about why.” (Ocean’s Twelve)
His goal last week against Levante wasn’t enough to earn a win, and it was a similar story this time around as Messi bagged his side’s solitary strike in a shock 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo which left them mathematically unable to win the title.
“I’m not sure what four nines does, but the ace, I think, is pretty high.” (Ocean’s Eleven)
Malinovskyi’s stock has never been as high as it is right now.
The Atalanta man added yet another goal and one more assist in the 4-3 win over Genoa. In the last ten games, Malinovskyi has been involved in one goal in each of his last ten Serie A appearances, to the tune of six goals and nine assists.
His season almost ended on a high as he netted the equaliser in the Coppa Italia final, but Juventus had to spoil his fun.
“Ten oughta do it, don’t you think? You think we need one more? You think we need one more. All right, we’ll get one more.” (Ocean’s Eleven)
One more. Lewandowski needs one more goal to be in the history books.
The Bayern man tied the 40-goal record set by Gerd Muller with goal against Freiburg, and now needs to find a way through Augsburg on the final day to make the record his own.