Andres Iniesta steals the show in Copa del Rey final to top Power Rankings

The ESPN FC crew compare the Barcelona side that thrashed Sevilla 5-0 with the one that was upset by Roma in the Champions League.
Barcelona’s relentless attack pummeled Sevilla to become the first team since 1933 to win Copa del Rey four years in a row.
Catch all the action from Serie A’s top teams as Napoli trimmed Juve’s Serie A lead to just one point.

ESPN FC’s global editorial desks nominate their top weekend performers. Andres Iniesta lifting the Copa del Rey for Barcelona tops this week’s edition.

1. Andres Iniesta | Barcelona

Why he’s here: If Saturday was Iniesta’s last final for Barcelona, it was the perfect way to go out. His man-of-the-match performance culminated in his name being sung out by both Blaugrana and Sevilla fans alike, and a 30th Copa del Rey trophy for the Catalan club following a 5-0 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano.

2. Kalidou Koulibaly | Napoli

Why he’s here: Not only did Koulibaly lead a Napoli defence that didn’t allow a single shot on target — the first time Juventus have failed to do so in the Allianz Stadium — he also scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner in Sunday’s 1-0 victory that sees the Partenopei cut Juve’s Serie A lead to a single point.

3. Jadon Sancho | Borussia Dortmund

Why he’s here: A breakout performance from the 18-year-old Manchester City academy product, who scored one and assisted on two more as Dortmund throttled Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 on Saturday — giving third-placed BVB a three-point cushion over Leverkusen.

4. Mark Uth | Hoffenheim

Why he’s here: Uth scored twice and added an assist in Hoffenheim’s 5-2 win over RB Leipzig on Saturday, which sees Julian Nagelsmann’s men leapfrog the Red Bull-backed club for fifth place in the Bundesliga.

5. Alexis Sanchez | Manchester United

Why he’s here: Sanchez scored the equaliser that sent Man United on the comeback trail, leading to a 2-1 FA Cup semifinal win over Tottenham and setting up an FA Cup final date with Chelsea.

Andres Iniesta's performance in Barcelona's Copa del Rey final win earned him top spot in this week's edition of Player Power Rankings.
Andres Iniesta’s man-of-the-match performance in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey final win topped our Player Power Rankings.

6. Alexandre Lacazette | Arsenal

Why he’s here: With all the attention on the dugout following Arsene Wenger’s announcement that he’ll leave Arsenal at the end of the season, Lacazette delivered a pair of goals en route to a 4-1 win over West Ham on Sunday.

7. Alphonse Areola | Paris Saint-Germain

Why he’s here: If not for Areola’s eight saves, PSG very likely don’t leave Bordeaux with a 1-0 victory on Sunday.

8. Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester City

Why he’s here: De Bruyne’s work rate in City’s midfield stood out, as did his sensational goal that put the contest out of Swansea’s reach in an eventual 5-0 rout on Sunday.

9. Olivier Giroud | Chelsea

Why he’s here: Giroud scored perhaps Chelsea’s goal of the season in leading the Blues to a 2-0 FA Cup semifinal victory over Southampton on Sunday.

10. Philippe Coutinho | Barcelona

Why he’s here: Coutinho is looking more and more at home with Barcelona, as he set up Luis Suarez’s strike and added a goal of his own from the penalty spot in the Copa del Rey final win over Sevilla.

Also receiving votes: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Maxwel Cornet (Lyon), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Munir El Haddadi (Alaves).

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