Lionel Messi (Almeria 0-8 Barcelona)
Barca equalled their biggest ever away victory in La Liga when they slaughtered Almeria. But it was Messi who stole the show with a hat-trick of goals (his sixth of the calendar year) and a pair of assists. For the sixth time this season, the Argentine opened the scoring for his side with a clinical strike on the edge of the box after exchanging one-twos with David Villa.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid 5-1 Athletic Bilbao)
Not to be outdone, Ronaldo promptly responded to Messi's hat-trick with a treble of his own to inspire his side to a rout over Athletic.
His first goal, Madrid's second, was a clinical strike on the edge of the box like Messi's first. Picking up a sublime cushioned volley from Mesut Oezil, CR7 stroked the ball with his left foot into the bottom corner.