|World Player of the Week
|Burak Yilmaz has been the most prolific goalscorer in the Turkish Super Lig this season and found the target once more at the weekend.
The Turkey international striker scored for Trabzonspor in their 1-1 draw with leaders Galatasaray last Sunday and was on the scoresheet again seven days later, this time equalising for his team against second-placed Fenerbahce at home.
It was Yilmaz’s 32nd league goal of the 2011-12 campaign and saw him become the highest scorer in a single league season for Trabzonspor, a team that are unlikely to finish in the top two in the Turkish first division this term.
|Congratulations to Yilmaz, Goal.com's 150th World Player of the Week winner!
Luca Antonini - AC Milan
Luca Antonini was the best player at San Siro in AC Milan’s goalless draw with Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg encounter as he made two vital challenges. The 29-year-old also executed two important blocks in the Rossoneri’s 1-1 draw with Catania in Serie A on Saturday, including one with the last touch of the game.
Gonzalo Higuain - Real Madrid
Gonzalo Higuain broke the 100-goal mark for Real Madrid at the weekend with his two strikes against Osasuna in La Liga. The Argentine found the target in the 40th and the 77th minute in Los Blancos’ 5-1 away win to take his tally to 101 official goals for the Spanish giants. Higuain became the 18th Madrid player to have scored 100 or more goals for the club.
Arjen Robben - Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben was in red-hot form for Bayern Munich in the past week. The Dutch winger was influential in the German giants’ 2-0 away win against Marseille in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg game, scoring one goal and assisting the other. Robben’s 69th minute strike earned Bayern a 1-0 win at Nurnberg in the Bundesliga at the weekend.
Shane Smeltz - Perth Glory
Perth Glory striker Shane Smeltz’s hat-trick this week was all the more important as it came in the A-League finals, with his treble helping his side thump Melbourne Heart 3-0. Smeltz's killer instinct in front of goal was the difference between the two teams, and he has now scored seven goals in his last two games ... all seven against Melbourne clubs.
Fernando Torres - Chelsea
Fernando Torres was in inspirational form for Chelsea over the last seven or so days, as he provided the assist for Salamon Kalou’s winner in the Blues’ 1-0 victory over Benfica in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash in Lisbon. The Spain international then netted his first Premier League goal for six months in Chelsea’s 4-2 away triumph over Aston Villa on Saturday.
On Sunday we encouraged our readers to nominate their choices for the best player of the week and here are the best five comments we had.
Casto in Munich thought that there should have been no problem in giving the award to Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben for his performances in both the Champions League and the Bundesliga.
“Why all the confusion on here! It’s simply the best of the last round of Champions League QF and the one who won the game with a single goal vs nuremberg: Arjen Robben!
Pranav in Mumbai, though, disagreed and felt that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo should win the prize for his brilliant showing against Osasuna in La Liga.
“Ronaldo...he was simply sensational in the away game against Osasuna. The pitch was also in a very bad condition, however, with two assists and two goals among which was a rocket he gave Madrid a comfortable victory in the game which was supposed to be difficult.”
Mutale Nkunde from Chipata, Zambia voted for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and wanted the Spain international to be shown some respect after his important displays in Europe and in the Premier League in the past week.
“Fernando Torres. Because of his contributions in the Champions League match against Benfica, and also the Premier League won on the weekend. He made the greatest contributions. I believe it's time El Nino came back.”
Dave in Canada also backed Torres to win the accolade.
“For me, as a Chelsea fan I'd say Fernando Torres. No one can argue that he has been. He played a HUGE part in the important away game against Benfica, as well as setting up two goals against Villa and scoring a beauty in the 90th minute to secure the win..He may be under a lot of criticism, but world class players like him answer critics and put in performances like that.”
Peter in Denmark put forth Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal for his match-winning display against Napoli in Serie A on Sunday.
“Arturo Vidal. Vidal played an unforgettable game against Napoli. He was all over the pitch, fighting for every ball. He scored a brilliant goal to make it 2-0 for Juve, a clear man of the match performance!”