World Player of the Week: Fabio Quagliarella - Juventus

World Player of the Week
Fabio Quagliarella
AGE 29
FOR Juventus
2-2 Juventus
2-0 Chievo

If there is one thing which has held Juventus back since the beginning of Antonio Conte's reign, it has been their lack of potency in front of goal, but Fabio Quagliarella proved this week that he is as reliable as they come when the heat is on.

First, he came off the bench with 15 minutes remaining to score the equaliser in the Bianconeri's Champions League return away to champions Chelsea, making an excellent run off John Terry before slotting home from Claudio Marchisio's pass. The 29-year-old almost clinched the winner at Stamford Bridge when he hit the bar with a turn and shot.

Then, on Saturday, he hit a second-half double, including a stunning volleyed opener, to help see off a stubborn Chievo side just as it was starting to appear that Juve's profligacy may cost them once more.

Juventus thus mantained their 100 per cent start to the new Serie A season, extending their unbeaten league run to an astonishing 43 games. If Quagliarella can continue his current form, this run doesn't look like ending any time soon.

Congratulations to Fabio Quagliarella,'s 175th World Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mention

Facundo Ferreyra - Velez Sarsfield

Former Banfield striker Facundo 'Chucky' Ferreyra opened his Velez account with a double to sink San Lorenzo. The 21-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Europe before agreeing a move to Liniers, and his performance on Saturday would no doubt have caught the eye of his many admirers

Ali Ahamada - Toulouse

The 21-year-old French goalkeeper came to his side's rescue with a 95th minute equaliser against Rennes. With seconds remaining, the ball was launched into the box, and Ahamada showed his agility and power, by putting a diving header past Benoit Costil with his back to goal.

Son Heung-Min - Hamburg

Dortmund's fantastic 31-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga came to a shock end as they were defeated 3-2 by struggling Hamburg. South Korean forward Son was the hero with an impressive double.

Oscar - Chelsea

The Brazilian wonderkid truly arrived on the European scene with a stunning performance in the 2-2 Champions League draw with Juventus, scoring a double that included an incredible curling long-range effort.

Marco Verratti - PSG

The teenage playmaker is the talk of France right now, and enjoyed another superb week. Man-of-the-match in the 4-1 Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev, he pulled the strings again in the 4-0 thrashing of Bastia.

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:

Vincent Ciantar agreed with our decision to name Quagliarella as World Player of the Week.

"Fabio Quagliarella......silenced his critics by scoring the equaliser against Chelsea and a winning brace against Chievo"

Arton Halili summed up the feelings of many readers.

"Quagliarella deserves it. He rescued Juventus in two important games."

Shop of Moonie threw Hamburg hero Son Heung-Min's name into the ring.

"Son Heung-Min of HSV definitely deserves a mention. As HSV claimed their first win of the season, Son was the man to stop BVB's unbeaten run. A 20-year-old boy smashing the formidable BVB is really something special."

Chelsea's new signing Oscar was a popular choice with many users, such as Bazza.

"What a way to announce yourself! Oscar must be player of the week for his two goals against Juventus. The second goal was the greatest thing since the slicing of bread."

Jolen Galea, meanwhile, offered a tear-jerking nomination in the form of Porto captain Lucho Gonzalez.

"Quagliarella had a great week, but my vote goes to Lucho Gonzalez who despite learning that his father had just died, didn't tell his teammates and led out the team in the Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb - scoring the opening goal in the process.

Each week our worldwide team of editors will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by 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...