Barcelona’s Lionel Messi tops the Sky Sports La Liga Power Rankings for third week running


Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has topped the Sky Sports La Liga Power Rankings for the third week running.

Messi scored four goals during a 6-1 win over Eibar on Tuesday to extend his season tally to nine goals from only five league games.

Atletico Madrid ‘keeper Jan Oblak jumped two places in the chart after saving an Aduriz penalty during a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao.

Team-mate Koke (No 6, up one place) maintained his presence among the top performers, while goalscorers Angel Correa (No 11, up seven places) and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (No 13, up 18 places) occupied top-20 positions.

Former West Ham striker Simone Zaza (No 3, up 76 places) struck a hat-trick to help Valencia ease to a 5-0 victory against Malaga.

Newly-promoted Levante continued their fine early form by beating Real Sociedad 3-0, with centre-back Chema Rodriguez (No 12, up 176 places) scoring a goal-of-the-season contender to break the deadlock before half-time.

Enis Bardhi (No 4, up 16 places) scored Levante’s third goal from a free-kick in the 89th minute, while ‘keeper Raul Fernandez (No 5, up 20 places) made three saves to keep a clean sheet.

Cristiano Ronaldo made his long-awaited return for Real Madrid after serving a five-game suspension but failed to make an immediate impact as Zinedine Zidane’s side conceded an injury-time goal during a 1-0 defeat to Real Betis.

The Power Rankings methodology reflects a player’s performance over the last five matchdays by awarding points to players for 32 different stats. Only games from this season will be factored before matchday five.

Below, we present this week’s Power Rankings, your club’s top points scorer and we will also reveal the accumulative season rankings after matchday five.

The Sky Sports Power Rankings will be updated every week during the season, so be sure to keep an eye on the big movers…