'An amazing thirst for goals on the big occasion' - Goal's World Player of the Week Edinson Cavani

World Player of the Week
Edinson Cavani
AGE 26
3-1 Inter

When Edinson Cavani joined Napoli in 2010, it was initially on a loan deal. There was no doubting the Uruguyan's talent, but there were those who felt that he was not a natural goalscorer, and therefore more suited to playing out wide. Three years on, Cavani is one of the most feared forwards in Europe, as so wonderfully underlined during his stellar display in the Partenopei's 3-1 victory over Inter on Sunday night.

The 26-year-old opened the scoring with a typically emphatic finish, after being put through on goal by Goran Pandev. His second came courtesy of the penalty spot, while he completed his hat-trick with a simple far-post finish.

Cavani has scored more spectacular hat-tricks - which have become something of a forte during his time at the San Paolo - but none more meaningful, with his treble guaranteeing Napoli a top-three finish and a return to the Champions League.

Speculation remains rife that he will leave for pastures new this summer, but as parting gifts go, this was a sterling effort from Cavani, who, for the third time in the past two years, is Goal's World Player of the Week.

"Edinson Cavani doesn't just get hat-tricks, he gets big hat-tricks," Goal's Kris Voakes enthused.

"In his first season in Naples he got trebles against Juventus, Sampdoria and Lazio. Last term, it was Milan he put to the sword three times and during this campaign he has now hit a trio against Lazio, Roma and Inter.

"Simply put, when the big clubs come into town, we see the very best of the Uruguayan. A sensational striker with an amazing thirst for goals on the biggest of occasions."

Congratulations to Edinson Cavani, Goal's 208th World Player of the Week winner!

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