Soccer Champions League

Top 5 Champions League Performances From Week Of 10/20

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Top 5 Champions League Performances

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The soccer world had all eyes on Europe mid-week as the prestigious Champions League picked up again.

The Champions League is a competition where stars are born and stars fall from grace. Who could forget what Real Madrid's Gareth Bale did to Roma's Maicon when the Welshman was at Tottenham Hotspur and the Brazilian was with Serie A giants Inter Milan?

At the time, Bale was just starting to discover his true capabilities, and he stood as a titan on that memorable night. Maicon was considered the best right-back in the world until Bale tore him to shreds. Bale did irreparable harm to Maicon's reputation and confidence, while simultaneously catapulting himself to stardom.

Other than the World Cup, some would say Champions League is the next greatest honor to win. Europe has without question the most talented players in the world from all over the country.

Some of the best clubs in the world suffer shocking defeats to clubs from lesser leagues. Transfer prices can skyrocket based on performances by players. Look at Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk. They thrashed English Premier side Chelsea in a group stage match and struck fear into the eyes of others. Not to mention, this took place after they sold their three best players for lavish fees. Brazilian internationals Willian and Fernandinho were sold for lavish prices to big clubs, as well as Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

There were many great performances from this past week that didn't make my top-five, most notably Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery. When you see the names in the top five you will understand his omission.

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5. Diego Costa

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Diego Costa was one goal away from a hat-trick as he continues his impressive season. The Brazilian is currently playing like one of the top-three strikers in the world.

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4. Fernando Torres

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Fernando Torres was in rare form for Chelsea as he bagged a brace for Jose Mourinho's squad. Torres is starting to look like his old self, and that is a scary proposition for his opposition.

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3. Sergio Aguero

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Sergio Aguero continues his impressive form. The Argentine International has been inspirational, playing in the no. 10 role for much of the season. His two goals lifted Manchester City's hope of finally getting out of the group stages.

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a model of consistency. The Portuguese star was the top scorer in the competition last season. Ronaldo's brace pushed Real Madrid pass a talented Juventus club.

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1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absolutely brilliant. The Swedish International scored four goals as Paris Saint-German cruised to victory. Ibrahimovic was a clinical master in front of goal and set the standard of excellence for the remainder of the season.