If nothing lasts forever, be my nothing.

More than anyone else ever: Lionel Messi’s 35th La Liga hat-trick. Later than anyone else ever: Joaquin Sanchez’s 1st career hat-trick at 38 years young. Better than anyone else ever: Luis Suarez’s backheel flamenco chip you just have to see. The best stories, comments, and highlights from La Liga 2019/20 December highest-rated eleven.

4-4-2 | Unai Simon (8.63, Real Madrid vs Bilbao); Victor Diaz (8.26, Granada vs Alaves), Diego Carlos (8.53, Mallorca vs Sevilla), Zouhair Feddal (7.86, Espanyol vs Betis), Saul Niguez (8.70, Atletico vs Osasuna); Lionel Messi (10.00, Barcelona vs Mallorca), Rafinha Alcantara (8.93, Celta vs Mallorca), Ever Banega (8.62, Mallorca vs Sevilla), Joaquin Sanchez (9.49, Betis vs Bilbao); Luis Suarez (9.79, Barcelona vs Mallorca), Martin Braithwaite (9.13, Leganes vs Espanyol)

UNAI SIMON

@athleticclub

Player rating: 8.63
Team score: Real Madrid 0–0 Bilbao
Individual highlights: 8 total saves

VICTOR DIAZ

@gcf1931_eternalucha

Player rating: 8.26
Team score: Granada 3–0 Alaves
Individual highlights: 2 assists, 4 tackles

DIEGO CARLOS

sevillafc.es

Player rating: 8.53
Team score: Mallorca 0–2 Sevilla
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 8 clearances

ZOUHAIR FEDDAL

@capitanche

Player rating: 7.86
Team score: Espanyol 2–2 Betis
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 5 interceptions

Zouhair Feddal assist Marc Batra goal, Espanyol vs Betis, La Liga 2019/20
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SAUL NIGUEZ

@LaLigaEN

Player rating: 8.70
Team score: Atletico 2–0 Osasuna
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 10 aerials won

LIONEL MESSI

@leomessi

Player rating: 10.00
Team score: Barcelona 5–2 Mallorca
Individual highlights: 3 goals, 7 dribbles

"

You always think that you're 25, that you can always do the same things you've been doing. But the body rules and you have to respect that, you have to take more care than before as you age.

One day I'll say, 'I've come this far and I can't do it anymore.' It's just life."

—Lionel Messi on adapting to his new reality of being 30-something

Antoine Griezmann assist Lionel Messi goal, Barcelona vs Mallorca, La Liga 2019/20
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Ivan Rakitic assist Lionel Messi goal, Barcelona vs Mallorca, La Liga 2019/20
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Luis Suarez assist Lionel Messi goal, Barcelona vs Mallorca, La Liga 2019/20
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RAFINHA ALCANTARA

@rafalcantara

Player rating: 8.93
Team score: Celta 2–2 Mallorca
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 103 touches

EVER BANEGA

@ESPNFutbolClub

Player rating: 8.62
Team score: Mallorca 0–2 Sevilla
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

JOAQUIN SANCHEZ

@realbetisbalompie

Player rating: 9.49
Team score: Betis 3–2 Bilbao
Individual highlights: 3 goals, 4 dribbles

"

My daughters couldn't stop crying, they’re not used to seeing their dad score goals.

They said: ‘Hey dad, how cool that you scored three goals; I didn’t think you’d ever do that.’ And I laughed, 'Nor did I!'"

—Joaquin Sanchez on scoring his first ever career hat-trick aged 38 years and 140 days

Emerson Junior assist Joaquin Sanchez goal, Betis vs Bilbao, La Liga 2019/20
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Alex Moreno assist Joaquin Sanchez goal, Betis vs Bilbao, La Liga 2019/20
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Loren Moron assist Joaquin Sanchez goal, Betis vs Bilbao, La Liga 2019/20
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LUIS SUAREZ

@FCYahoo

Player rating: 9.79
Team score: Barcelona 5–2 Mallorca
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

"

I live every game with the same intensity.

I have suffered so much to reach here in the game, I'm not going to switch off for one minute or not try for any ball; I always have to challenge, to struggle, to overcome. That's my character and way of being."

—Luis Suarez on the one thing in him that will never change with age

Frenkie de Jong assist Luis Suarez goal, Barcelona vs Mallorca, La Liga 2019/20
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Luis Suarez assist Lionel Messi goal, Barcelona vs Mallorca, La Liga 2019/20
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MARTIN BRAITHWAITE

@cdleganes

Player rating: 9.13
Team score: Leganes 2–0 Espanyol
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 5 dribbles

Oscar Rodriguez assist Martin Braithwaite goal, Leganes vs Espanyol, La Liga 2019/20
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Kevin Rodrigues assist Youssef En-Nesyri goal, Leganes vs Espanyol, La Liga 2019/20
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