World Player of the Week: Emmanuel Clottey - Berekum Chelsea

World Player of the Week
Emmanuel Clottey
AGE 24
FOR Berekum Chelsea
 TP Mazembe
 2-2  Berekum Chelsea

Emmanuel Clottey has been a star in the Caf Champions League this season, coming to the fore again and again for Berekum Chelsea in Africa's premier club competition.

The 24-year-old striker scored a hat-trick against Egyptian giants Zamalek in a 3-2 victory earlier in July, and salvaged a point for the competition debutants against TP Mazembe on Sunday.

Berekum found themselves 2-0 down heading into the second half at Stade du TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi, but Clottey turned on the style and ensured that the Ghanaian side returned home with a 2-2 draw.

Clottey pulled one back for Berekum on 71 minutes from the penalty spot and in the 84th minute produced a moment of sheer class and quality. He turned his marker inside from the right-hand side of the penalty area and curled home a fine shot with his left foot into the far top corner.

The double means that Clottey continues to lead the topscorer charts in the Champions League, and he now has 11 goals to his name. Berekum are second in Group B with four points from two matches, two points behind leaders Al-Ahly.

Congratulations to Emmanuel Clottey,'s 166th World Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mentions

Lucas Barrios - Guangzhou Evergrande

The striker scored the winner for the Chinese club in Saturday's 2-1 win against Henan Construction in the CSL, and in midweek he netted on his debut against the same opposition in the FA Cup.

Aurelien Joachim - Dudelange

The forward's goal against Salzburg 15 minutes from time gave Luxembourg champions Dudelange a famous 1-0 victory in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round.

Alberto Masi - Juventus

Ahead of the annual Trofeo TIM featuring Inter, AC Milan and Juventus, the Bianconeri teenager was a virtual unknown. However, the centre-back is now the talk of Italy, and has already been compared to Alessandro Nesta following two brilliant performances.

Mark Quigley - Sligo Rovers

The striker came off the bench to score two goals for Airtricity Premier Division leaders Sligo Rovers as they staged a late comeback against Cork City to force a 2-2 draw. His first goal was a sublime free-kick, while the other was a coolly-taken penalty.

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:

Kristian Jakubowski Havn
 cast his vote in favour of Philippe Coutinho after his performance for Inter in the Trofeo TIM.

"Coutinho should be given the award. He scored against Juventus and played fantastically for Inter last week."

John backed another Italy-based player - Lorenzo Insigne of Napoli - for the award.

"Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne deserves to be recognised. He scored four goals over the past week and gave numerous assists, and also found the winner against Bayern Munich in their 3-2 win."

Abu Bakarr Massaquoi went for Manchester United's summer signing Shinji Kagawa.

"Shinji Kagawa was a star for Manchester United against Ajax Cape Town. His extraordinary performance merits at least a mention."

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 from Sunday morning onwards. 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...