La Liga Top 5: Suarez top, Messi second, Bale third

Sport360 staff 13:30 26/04/2016
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This week's ratings have a strong Barcelona influence.

Each week, Sport360 will be bring you the best five players from La Liga, as chosen by you the supporters through our ValoraFutbol fan ratings tool.

YOU have direct influence on who appears in each Top Five so be sure to rate each weekend.

1. LUIS SUAREZ (BARCELONA) – 8.38

Luis Suarez struck four goals for the second time in four days as Barcelona moved back to the summit of La Liga with a comprehensive 6-0 win over Sporting Gijon.

Suarez hit four as Barca bounced back from three consecutive league defeats with an 8-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna in midweek, and his eight-goal week takes him three clear of Cristiano Ronaldo in the fight for the Pichichi.

The Uruguayan slotted his 50th goal of the season after 25 minutes, and added two more from the penalty spot after Roberto Canella handled and Antonio Sanabria chopped down Neymar.

Suarez, 29, completed the scoring when he crashed home Lionel Messi’s pass off the post.

2. LIONEL MESSI (BARCELONA) – 8.19 

The five-time World Player of the Year was immense as Barcelona overcame Sporting Gijon.

With Suarez deservedly catching the headlines for his four-goal contribution, Messi played a central role with a goal and an assist.

The Argentine opened the scoring with a looping header into an empty net despite Sporting’s protests that Suarez had fouled goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar in the build-up.

3. GARETH BALE (REAL MADRID) – 8.04

The Welshman struck twice to inspire a Real Madrid fightback from two goals down to win 3-2 at Rayo Vallecano.

Without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Real’s title hopes looked in tatters when early goals from Adrian Embarba and Miku put city rivals Rayo 2-0 in front.

However, Bale’s powerful header halved the deficit before half-time and he fired home the winner nine minutes from time after Lucas Vazquez had equalised early in the second period.

4. JONATHAN VIERA (LAS PALMAS) – 7.43

Viera was one of the stars of the show as Las Palmas registered a fourth win in six league matches with a 4-0 victory over Espanyol.

The Spaniard was a menacing presence adding a goal and two assists as Los Amarillos climbed up to ninth place in La Liga.

Quique Setien’s side lead a packed mid-table field and are currently two points off eighth placed Valencia with three games remaining.

5. NABIL EL ZHAR (LAS PALMAS) – 7.39

The former Liverpool striker underlined his pedigree in front of goal with Las Palmas’s opener in the demolition job of Espanyol.

The Moroccan squeezed home a low shot from a tight angle, after collecting Viera’s pass inside the penalty area on the stroke of half-time.

El Zhar, 29, was a constant threat throughout and looked effective out wide or in a more central striking position.

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