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Europe's top 20 players: March 2014 (1)

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Lionel Messi has been rated as the best player in Europe over the past month after the Argentine forward turned in a series of instrumental performances to help Barcelona record four consecutive La Liga victories, capping the perfect response to the Catalan club's shock 1-0 defeat against Real Valladolid at the start of March.

The 26-year-old has gone from strength to strength since returning from injury in the middle of January, and is now well and truly back to his best form heading into the business end of the 2013/14 campaign.

With 11 goals and assists in just six games for Tata Martino's side in March, it's not difficult to see why the Barcelona marksman boasts the best WhoScored statistics of any player across Europe's top five leagues this season.

Messi's back-to-back hat-tricks in the 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna and 4-3 Clasico victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu are perhaps the stand-out performances by the diminutive Argentinian, but the truth is he has been pretty much unplayable for the past few weeks, and deserves his place atop the list of 20 best players in Europe in March.

For a full breakdown of players from 20 to 1, click through the tabs - above or below - and leave a suggestion in the comment box provided with any players you're surprised to see omitted from the line-up…

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