La Liga's best score a barrage of goals

Sunday featured all three teams at the top of the league table; Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid. And all three delivered emphatic wins that is sure to please their fans.

Each team won by at least three goals, with Atleti winning 3-0, Barça 6-0 and Real Madrid 5-1.

Barcelona hosted Basque side Athletic Bilbao, the same team they defeated at the Camp Nou barely more than seven months ago to win the Copa del Rey en route to their treble winning season. Bilbao was at a disadvantage, playing with 10 men after their goalkeeper drew a red card just seven minutes in. Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz had a hard take down on Luis Suarez, which drew the penalty kick that started the scoring. Suarez for his part, netted his second hat trick of the season.

There was a bit of concern after Lionel Messi did not come back onto the field after the break, reportedly due to experiencing hamstring problems. Head coach Luis Enrique said after the game that the problem is not serious.

Neymar added two goals and Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic added one of his own for good measure. Athletic will have a couple more shots at revenge however, as they will play Barcelona twice in the next 10 days as part of the quarterfinal round of this years' Copa del Rey tournament. 

Speaking of Neymar, rumor has it that after the Ballon D'Or ceremony in Switzerland he and his father/agent were seen meeting with Real Madrid officials. Madrid and the Brazilian have come close to a deal in the past, with the two sides nearly inking a deal to bring him to the Spanish capital before Neymar decided to sign with Barcelona after leaving the Brazilian league.

Atlético Madrid had some fun in the sun, traveling to the Canary Islands to take on Las Palmas. French international Antoine Griezmann scored two goals, helping los colchoneros to their fourth straight win. Apart from a pair of attacking sequences in either half, Las Palmas was unable to sufficiently challenge the Spanish league leaders, and goalkeepers Jan Oblak complete the clean sheet.

With another week in the books, Atlético still leads Barcelona by two points, although the Catalans still have one more game to play.

Real Madrid continued their find form under new manager Zinedine Zidane, beating Austurian side Sporting Gijon convincingly in front of the home crowd 5-0. Cristiano Ronaldo said after the game that he feels better playing for Zidane, and to "not ask me why." 

It was the first time in a long time that the BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano) had all scored in the same match, with both Bezema and Ronaldo scoring twice. Ronaldo led a spectacular attacking display that continued throughout the match, which could have had a larger goal disparity.

Spanish international Dani Carvajal has enjoyed a fine form since Zidane took over, and again looked amazing against Gijon. Thus far it has been reported by Spanish newspaper MARCA, that Carvajal has set up or assisted on seven of the ten goals scored by Real under Zidane.

Benzema and Bale were both injured in the match, no word yet on the seriousness of their injuries.

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