'A performance that will live long in the memory' - Goal.com's World Player of the Week Robert Lewandowski

World Player of the Week
Robert Lewandowski
AGE 24
PLAYS FOR Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund
4-1 Real Madrid
Fortuna Dusseldorf
1-2 Borussia Dortmund

During the closing stages of Borussia Dortmund’s demolition of Real Madrid on Wednesday, a beleaguered Pepe got close to Robert Lewandowski for the first time all game. “You've scored four goals already," the Portuguese said. “Don’t you think that’s enough?”

It was a fair question. Lewandowski had been simply unplayable in the Champions League semi-final first-leg clash at Signal Iduna Park. The Poland international had opened the scoring by sneaking in behind Pepe to connect with an in-swinging cross from Mario Gotze.

He then put Dortmund 2-1 up with a tremendously instinctive toe-poke before completing his hat-trick with a thumping finish after once again eluding Pepe, this time with the most wonderful footwork. He joined a select group of players to score four goals in a Champions League game – the first to do so in a semi-final - with an emphatic penalty.

Somewhat surprisingly, the 24-year-old forward failed to net in his 20-minute outing against Fortuna Dusseldorf at the weekend, thus ending his 12-game goalscoring streak in the Bundesliga, but there really was nobody else we could have picked for Goal.com's World Player of the Week.

"During what were an extraordinary few days for the Bundesliga, Robert Lewandowski produced one of the most memorable performances in Champions League history," Goal.com Germany's Falko Bloding enthused.

"Dortmund's striker became the first player to score four goals against los Blancos in a European Cup match and if there were doubters who were unsure about his ability to take on the best teams in the world, they have been silenced now.

"Lewandowski proved not only his clinical finishing abilities in the box, he also demonstrated his technical skills: the third goal was truly amazing!

"Big guns Bayern Munich and Manchester United are chasing him and the player wants to move. But you can be sure that his price has only risen after a performance at Signal Iduna Park that will live long in the memory."

Congratulations to Robert Lewandowski, Goal.com's 206th World Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Imanol Agirretxe - Sociedad

@Youngcules: "That [second] finish by Agirretxe alone was worth going to the ground. Just pure brilliance."

Goal.com's Luis Herrera: "A five-star performance in Sociedad's crucial 4-2 win over Valencia, scoring twice and racking up an assist."

Klass-Jan Huntelaar - Schalke

 @Atang7agwom: "Six weeks out but when The Hunter comes back, he comes back with a bang! What a hat-trick!"

Goal.com's Enis Koylu: "Showed Schalke just how much they missed him when he was injured, scoring three times in a 4-1 win over Hamburg."

Robin van Persie - Man United

@SamWallaceIndy: "That's 25 league goals this season for Van Persie. One for every million pounds Manchester United paid for him."

Goal.com's Sammy Lee: "Wrapped up the title with a brilliant hat-trick against Villa, and also notched on his return to a hostile Emirates."

Elkeson - Guangzhou Ever.

@modernleifeng "Guangzhou Evergrande's Elkeson is just amazing ... 12 goals in 6 matches ... It's not even fair!"

Goal.com's Mark Doyle: "The brilliant Brazilian maintained his remarkable scoring streak with a derby double against Guangzhou R&F."