'He was Messi-like' - Goal.com World Player of the Week Mario Gotze

World Player of the Week
Mario Gotze
AGE 20
POSITION Midfielder
FOR Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund

Mario Gotze was in scintillating form this week as Borussia Dortmund laid down a marker both in the Bundesliga and the Champions League, and took his personal tally to two goals and seven assists in his last five appearances.

The 20-year-old was simply too hot to handle for Ajax on Wednesday, setting up three goals for the rampant German champions, while notching a strike of his own.

On Saturday, the Germany starlet was pivotal again as his side maintained their hopes of clinching a third consecutive Bundelisga title, picking out Robert Lewandowski with a delightful pass for the game's decisive goal.

@GeoffKm on says: "#WPOTW should easily go to Mario Gotze, his performance against Ajax was Messi-like, plus it confirmed first place in group D!"

Goal.com Germany expert Christian Ehrhardt was equally impressed with Gotze's past week: "Right before the match against Ajax, Gotze played 'Hacky-Sack' with his chewing-gum and this shows the coolness of this young and talented player. He spit out his gum, kicked it into the air four times and caught it with his mouth again (see above video).

"When he was sidelined with his injury a lot of critics predicted some sort of decline in his career. But he responded and as you can see on the pitch and in this video, he got his laughter back, and he's playing with a lot of fun!"

Congratulations to Mario Gotze, Goal.com's 184th World Player of the Week winner!

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