With the commencement of the majority of football's most commercial divisions underway for another season, Here Is The City begin the inaugural listing of the top ten world footballers of a calendar week. This week, eight clubs from three continents are represented, with two clubs featuring twice. The bulk of the list contains strikers, a number of whom bagged a hat-trick.
Asmir Begovic - Stoke City
Even though the Bosnian glovesman ended up on the losing side in Stoke's 1-0 loss to Liverpool, and Reds shot-stopper Simon Mignolet has already captured the headlines for his own showing, Begovic deserves commendation for his performance. The 26-year-old, wanted by a number of Europe's top clubs in a £15m deal but pledged who his future to the Potters, made 10 strong saves, was under a lot of pressure from Liverpool's forwards yet conceded just once.
Roberto Firmino - Hoffenheim
One of the greatest performances for the past seven days belongs to Firmino, who orchestrated a 5-1 rout against Hamburg. The uncapped Brazilian was instrumental in each of Hoffenheim's goals and scored twice for himself. He found the net with his bonce in the opening five minutes and cannoned the ball into the corner with his peg in the second half.
Robbie Keane - LA Galaxy
Former Tottenham Hotspur fan favourite Robbie Keane, 33, continues his impressive goals to games ratio for the LA Galaxy as the Irishman's second-half hat-trick was fundamental in the West Coast outfit's come-from-behind victory over Real Salt Lake. The win sees Keane's team just four points shy from the MLS Western Conference leaders.
Rickie Lambert - Southampton
What a week for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert! The Englishman punctuated his debut for the national team with a winner against Auld Enemy; Scotland midweek, prior to 90th minute penalty conversion whilst back on club duty on Saturday versus West Bromwich Albion.
Lionel Messi - Barcelona
The diminutive yet exceptionally-skilled Argentine will no doubt be a regular on this top ten throughout the season but the Barcelona forward once again played with the ball glued to his feet in his club's 7-1 thumping of Levante as he struck twice and assisted once. His performance undoubtedly overshadowed the mighty matter of big-money signing Neymar's competitive debut at Camp Nou.
Anthony Modeste - Hoffenheim
While Firmino was crucial to Hoffenheim's headlining embarrassment over Hamburg in the Bundesliga, the scoreline would not have been so emphatic had it not been for the clinical Modeste up front. Watch out for this man as the French 25-year-old - who made five underwhelming appearances for Blackburn Rovers in 2012 - is desperate to follow in his idol Didier Drogba's footsteps. Modeste scored twice in the 9-0 German cup win earlier in the season, got himself on the scoreboard in the opening league game and added another two last weekend.
Guillermo Ochoa - Ajaccio
Forget calling him Ochoa as tabloid headline writers should dub him Oc-Woah! Paris Saint German have assembled one of the most expensive squads in mainland Europe but comparatively-lowly Ajaccio denied PSG victory, largely thanks Francisco Guillermo Ochoa. PSG amassed a 34 shot total for the game, 12 on target, 11 pounded away by the Mexican.
Pedro - Barcelona
Even though Messi was on form, Barcelona were far from a one-man team. Cesc Fabregas had a five-star game, so too did Xavi, with a statistically superb defensive showing from Javier Mascherano, however, if there is just one man who deserves to follow Lionel into the top ten, it's Pedro. His movement was superb, he scored twice and he was near enough a constant annoyance for the opposition - Levante.
Emmanuel Riviere - Monaco
When your strike partner is one of the most expensive players in world football, Rademel Falcao, there is no reason to be overawed... but only if you're Emmanuel Riviere. Newly-promoted AS Monaco defeated Montpellier by a 4-1 margin, with Riviere responsible for three of those goals.
Pablo Velazquez - Toluca
No top ten would be complete without a left-field nomination so ladies and gentleman I give you Pablo Velazquez, who, like some of his peers in this list, bagged himself a hat-trick in his most recent outing but, far more importantly, made his way onto HITCs first ever top ten world player of the week feature. Congratulations to the Toluca man!
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