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European Team of the Week: January 4-6

Napoli star Edinson Cavani makes our European Team of the Week, in conjunction with Opta, after his fantastic hat-trick against Roma.

The Uruguayan takes pride of place alongside Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who along with Cristiano Ronaldo (our right midfielder) is in contention for the FIFA Ballon d'Or tonight.

With English clubs in action in the FA Cup and the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 still on winter break, our team is formed by players from La Liga and Serie A.

Among the standout performers is Real Sociedad midfielder Xabi Prieto, who scored a hat-trick in his side's 4-3 defeat at Real Madrid.