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European Team Of The Week: ‘Prince’ Bale reigns

Gareth Bale takes home the match ball (Reuters)

Hat-trick heroes from La Liga Gareth Bale and Jonas provide the goals in this week's collection of Europe's finest shifts.

Real Madrid winger Bale, hailed by the local press as 'Prince of Goals' after his treble against Real Valladolid, is finally showing his top form at the Bernabeu after a tough start.

Meanwhile, Valencia striker Jonas banged in three against Osasuna in just 67 action-packed minutes during which he fired a total of six efforts at target.

Jonas is joined in the XI by team-mate Daniel Parejo, who made 124 successful passes in central midfield. Also earning two spots were Bayern Munich (Rafinha and knee-graze master Arjen Robben) and Saint-Etienne (central defensive pairing Loic Perrin and Moustapha Bayal Sall netted three between them in the 4-0 rout of Reims in addition to the clean sheet).

Staunch supporters of England's own Premier League will not be pleased, however, with the division completely unrepresented this time around. Sjead Salihovic (Hoffenheim), Kevin Strootman (Roma) and Heung-Min Son (Bayer Leverkusen) fill out the remaining outfield spots, while Genoa's Mattia Perrin makes it a second week between the sticks after another string of excellent stops against Torino.

For a full explanation of each player's inclusion, see Opta's stats below the team graphic...

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