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CONCACAF Player of the Week
Rafa Marquez
AGE 34
POSITION Defender
PLAYS FOR Leon
WEEK IN NUMBERS
APPS (GOALS SCORED) 2
TIME ON PITCH 180
PREVIOUS WINS 0

Leon 2-0 America
America 1-3 Leon

Rafa Marquez has won titles around the world but added a trophy won in his home country to his case for the first time, helping Leon to the Liga MX title. He becomes the first Mexican to win a title in three leagues, this title joining his La Liga crown won with Barcelona and a Ligue 1 crown earned with Monaco.

Marquez and the Leon back line were beaten just once in the two-legged Liga MX final against America, and even that was their own doing with "Nacho" Gonzalez scoring an own goal. Besides that blemish, the unit led by the 34-year-old was sterling.

The Kaiser of Michochan has been rejuvenated by a move to the Guanajuato club in the winter of 2012 after a disasterous spell with the New York Red Bulls in MLS. He earned a recall to the Mexican national team and helped El Tri earn World Cup qualification.

If he can avoid a drop in form or an injury, there's no reason why Marquez won't be captaining the national team at another World Cup this summer.

Congratulations to Rafa Marquez, Goal's 1st CONCACAF Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht

Kljestan and company had a tough time in the Champions League, but the American midfielder returned from red card suspension and scored a goal in a 3-1 defeat to Olympiakos.

Mauro Boselli - Leon

Marquez's Leon teammate continued his hot scoring run by putting away goals in both legs of the final, capping a remarkable tournament that saw the summer signing score 16 goals.

Andres Flores - Metapan
Flores' goal was the lone tally in the El Salvador final, lifting Metapan to the title in what has been a tumultous season in the Central American nation.

Jose Contreras - Comunicaciones

Contreras scored a brace to help Comunicaciones come back from a 3-0 down on aggregate against Herida and lift another Guatemalan trophy.

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