Barcelona star Lionel Messi sent more records tumbling last weekend, in one of the most eye-catching performances of a packed weekend of action across the continent.

Messi's 25th hat-trick of the season of course gives him top billing in a select XI from last weekend, made up of the very best performers from across Europe's big five leagues, but that is far from the only significant storyline on show.

Liverpool's 3-0 demolition job of defending Premier League champions Manchester United is the result that has truly sent shockwaves round Europe and beyond, but only one surprising key player from that awesome success has done enough to feature in our XI.

Using statistics from the online sporting analysts' dream Who Scored we have found 11 superb displays which deserve your attention, with scouts across Europe surely not too far behind!

Click ahead to see who was the best player in ever position last weekend and feel free to share your thoughts on the top stars who missed out, for good or bad!

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