World Player of the Week: Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid

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Welcome to's regular feature: World Player of the Week. 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. It won't necessarily be the best player in the world - at least not usually - but whoever we nominate will have done 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... World Player of the Week #105: Cristiano Ronaldo (Castrol Ranking: 3)
Club: Real Madrid
Country: Portugal
Age: 26
Role: Forward
Achievement: Set a new Pichichi record in Spain with brace against Almeria

Cristiano Ronaldo has completed only his second season in Spain, but he has already etched his name into history after becoming the first player to score 40 goals in a single La Liga campaign.

The Real Madrid forward scored twice in their emphatic 8-1 victory over Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening, to finish the 2010-11 league season with a total of 40, 11 more than Barcelona star Lionel Messi, and surpassing his 2009-10 mark of 26.

The previous record of 38 goals in a single season in the Spanish top flight was jointly held by Madrid striker Hugo Sanchez (1989-90) and the legendary Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra (1950-51).

Ronaldo, though, remains humble despite the achievement, saying: "The only reason I have scored so many goals is because of my team-mates, and I am extremely appreciative. The Pichichi is for them and the fans.

"I am generous with my team-mates and they are generous with me. I wouldn't have scored 40 goals in La Liga without them."

Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo,'s 105th World Player of the Week!

Honourable Mentions

Emmanuel Adebayor – Real Madrid (Castrol Ranking: 892)

The Togolese forward may have played his last-ever match for Real Madrid against Almeria in La Liga on Saturday evening, but he bagged a memorable hat-trick in front of the Santiago Bernabeu faithful.

Gabi – Real Zaragoza (Castrol Ranking: 222)

Gabi scored twice against Levante on Saturday evening to maintain Zaragoza’s top-flight status in Spain. His goals pushed Deportivo La Coruna into the Segunda Division.

Alexis Sanchez – Udinese (Castrol Ranking: 47)

Udinese clinched qualification for the Champions League on Sunday evening with a goalless draw with Italian champions AC Milan, and once again the Chile international forward starred. Sanchez won the penalty and was a handful for the AC Milan defence throughout.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – Schalke (Castrol Ranking: 154)

The Netherlands international striker has had a decent 2010-11 campaign and wrapped it up with two goals against Duisburg in their 5-0 victory in the German Cup final on Saturday.

Hugo Rodallega – Wigan Athletic (Castrol Ranking: 619)

Rodallega scored the winning goal against Stoke City on Sunday afternoon that kept Wigan in the Premier League.

Falcao – Porto (Castrol Ranking: N/A)

The Colombia international forward continued to shine in the Europa League as he scored the winner against Braga in the final in Dublin on Wednesday evening. It was a fitting end to the 2010-11 campaign for Falcao, who had already shattered Jurgen Klinsmann’s record of 15 Uefa Cup goals against Villarreal during the semi-finals. He finished the season with 17 goals in the European competition.

Ronaldinho – Flamengo (Castrol Ranking: N/A)

The Brazilian star displayed a great performance against Avai in the opening round of the Brasileirao. Ronaldinho scored a goal, assisted in another and started the moves that ended in the two other goals in Flamengo's 4-0 victory.

Maxi Moralez – Velez Sarsfield (Castrol Ranking: N/A)

Maxi Moralez was the best player in the Copa Libertadores in midweek as he scored twice in their 4-2 victory over Libertad. Then, at the weekend, he netted again to help Velez win 2-0 against Gimnasia and go three points clear in the Clausura.

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