|World Player of the Week
| Real Madrid
|| Atletico Madrid
|Cristiano Ronaldo has been in superlative form this season for Real Madrid, and he was on fire for Los Blancos in the past week, scoring four goals in two games to take his tally to a record 41 league strikes in 2011-12.
The Portugal international was decisive in Madrid’s 4-1 victory over rivals Atletico in the derby at the Vicente Calderon, scoring a hat-trick. He powered home a stunning free-kick, added a second with a fierce dipping shot, before completing his treble from the penalty spot.
Ronaldo further improved his imperious goal record on Saturday, helping to defeat Sporting Gijon 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 27-year-old headed his side’s crucial second goal, ensuring that Jose Mourinho's side remain on target to lift the Primera Division title.
|Congratulations to Ronaldo, Goal.com's 152nd World Player of the Week winner!
Cristian Baroni - Fenerbahce
Baroni was the star performer in Turkey this weekend as he helped his side get the better of Trabzonspor. The Brazilian midfielder was at the heart of both the goals that the Turkish giants scored in their 2-0 home victory, scoring a stunner from 30 yards and then providing the assist for Moussa Sow's lovely strike.
Salvador Cabanas - 12 de Octubre
Cabanas made his first professional appearance for more than two years in 12 de Octubre's 2-0 win over Martin Ledesma in the Primera B Metropolitana on Saturday, completing a miraculous recovery after being shot in the head at point-blank range in Mexico City. The 31-year-old was substituted after 40 minutes in what was his first official game since the incident in January 2010.
Siem de Jong - Ajax
De Jong scored his first-ever hat-trick in Ajax’s 5-0 victory over title rivals Heerenveen on Wednesday. The forward then went on to set up the opener in the Amsterdam side’s 3-1 win over De Graafschap on Sunday. Ajax have gone six points clear of AZ and Feyenoord in the table following their latest two triumphs.
Lukasz Piszczek - Borussia Dortmund
Lukasz Piszczek’s performances over the past week for Borussia Dortmund have proven to be vital as they look set to retain their Bundesliga crown. The right-back got the better of Franck Ribery in BVB’s 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich and was then decisive in the Ruhr derby against Schalke at the weekend, scoring the equaliser in their 2-1 victory.
Carlos Tevez - Manchester City
The Argentine netted a hat-trick for Manchester City in their 6-1 away victory over Norwich to maintain their title hopes. Tevez was also on target on Wednesday in his first start for Roberto Mancini’s side since September, as the Citizens cruised to a 4-0 triumph over West Bromwich Albion. Tevez’s return has given City a renewed sense of hope at the business end of the season.
On Sunday we encouraged our readers to nominate their choices for the best player of the week and here are some of your comments: