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World Player of the Week
Marouane Fellaini
 
AGE 24
POSITION Midfielder
FOR Everton
WEEK IN NUMBERS
APPS (GOALS SCORED) 2 (2)
TIME ON PITCH 180
PREVIOUS WINS 0
Everton
1-0 Man Utd
Aston Villa 1-3 Everton

Marouane Fellaini is not to everyone's taste. To some he is a 6ft 5in man-mountain, who bullies opponents, wins virtually every challenge he contests and suffocates teams into submission. To others, he is a clumsy, lumbering and inconsistent country-bumpkin who is not refined enough to succeed at a big club.

Whatever your opinion of Fellaini, there can be no denying his influence for Everton last week. He began by stunning Manchester United during the opening round of the new Premier League season, scoring the winner in a man-of-the-match performance at Goodison Park.

After receiving countless plaudits in the media, the 24-year-old continued his superb start to the campaign by finding the net again in Saturday's 3-1 success at Aston Villa.

Everton are one of only three teams to have maximum points in the Premier League in 2012-13, and their undoubted talisman has been Fellaini.

Congratulations to Marouane Fellaini, Goal.com's 171st World Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mention

Eden Hazard - Chelsea

It was a great week for Premier League Belgians. Moussa Dembele lit up Old Trafford for Fulham, while Hazard starred twice for Chelsea - registering a total of four assists and a goal in the wins over Reading and Newcastle.

Stevan Jovetic - Fiorentina

The Montenegrin is one of Europe's most sought after talents, and he showed why with a clinical second half double as a new-look Fiorentina side recovered to beat Udinese 2-1. Five days left for the Viola to keep hold of Jovetic.

Lionel Messi - Barcelona

Two rounds of the season gone in La Liga, and Messi already has four goals. On Sunday he scored twice in the last 15 minutes to beat Osasuna 2-1. On Thursday he buried a penalty in the 3-2 Supercopa win over Real Madrid.

Neymar - Santos

Brazil's young hope made it two honourable mentions in succession with another world class showing, firing home both goals as Santos defeated Palmeiras 2-1 in Sao Paulo. Neymar was a joy to watch.

Dani Schahin - Dusseldorf

Fortuna Dusseldorf started the new Bundesliga season with a bang following their promotion, and the hero was super-sub Schahin. The Ukrainian came off the bench to score two beautiful goals in the win at Augsburg.

On Sunday, we encouraged our readers to nominate their choices for the best player of the week. Here are some of the comments we received:

Fernando voted for his namesake and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres after the £50 million man impressed in Chelsea's win over Newcastle United.

"Surely Torres deserves to win. He was magnificent against Pardew's team, his goal was sublime. Only competition to him is Hazard."

Speaking of Eden Hazard, the Belgian playmaker scored his opening goal of the Premier League season, which Kiddu Sinha believes is enough to give him this week's award.

"Definitely Eden Hazard! Nobody can argue against six assists and one goal in a single week in the Premier League."

Djemba Muhammad offered his vote to Manchester United new boy Shinji Kagawa, who earned our man of the match award in the player ratings this weekend for his debut goal and excellent all-round performance.

"Shinji Kagawa for a splendid display against Fulham!"
 
Mo gave his vote to Brazilian starlet Neymar - the Santos attacker is fast becoming a regular name in this weekly feature!

"What would Santos do without Neymar? He was in total control of the Palmeiras game and I hope he wins this week because he was world class."

Stevan Jovetic was suggested by Thomas because of his display in Fiorentina's weekend win.

"Jovetic was the star in Serie A this week, I hope he stays at Fiorentina. Juventus will have been jealously watching him I'm sure!"
 

Each week our worldwide team of editors will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by Goal.com International, who deserves recognition for achieving something special that matchday.

You can also help us choose a worthy recipient of the weekly accolade by leaving your nominations and comments here. Your suggestions will be taken into consideration.

It won't necessarily be the best player in the world - at least not usually - but whoever we crown will have accomplished something amazing. It might be for a particularly awesome performance or for something praiseworthy off the pitch - either way, the person in question deserves special attention...

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