Goal's World Player of the Week: Samuel Eto'o

The veteran striker turned back the clock with a hat trick in Chelsea's 3-1 triumph against Manchester United.
World Player of the Week
Samuel Eto'o
AGE 32

Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United

He's failed to set the Premier League on fire since joining Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala over the summer, but Samuel Eto'o turned back the clock with a hat trick in Sunday's 3-1 win over Manchester United.

The striker scored his fourth, fifth and sixth league goals of the season to steal the headlines at Stamford Bridge, with that victory moving the Blues to within two points of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.

Goal's Alec Fenn said: "It wasn't the prettiest hat trick the 32-year-old has scored in his career, but neither Eto'o nor Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will care one bit. The former Inter man opened the scoring with a deflected, curling strike from the edge of the box in the first half before two predatory finishes put the Blues out of sight inside 50 minutes.

"Mourinho had bemoaned the lack of goals from his strikers in previous weeks, but Eto'o's revival will provide a reassuring boost, particularly in light of Fernando Torres' four-week absence through injury."

Congratulations to Samuel Eto'o, Goal's 244th World Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - PSG

@SiamTrading: "Scored his 299th and 300th goals of his career in the 5-0 win over Nantes."

Goal's Hocine Harzoune: "He now has 17 goals and eight assists after his two goals against Nantes."

Arturo Vidal - Juventus

 @Kjones1892: "If I had the choice of any midfielder in Europe it would be Vidal or Pogba."

Goal's Joe Wright: "Scored another two goals to help Juve battle to a 4-2 win over Sampdoria."

Adem Ljajic - Roma

@AdamgrASR: "You can see on Ljajic's face after the goal how much he wanted it."

Goal's Chris Myson: "With Francesco Totti on the bench, Ljajic stepped up to the plate with a brilliant display."

Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid

@MattyHunter: "Take a bow Ronnie, keeper didn't even move. #Ronaldo #screamer."

Goal's Miles Chambers: "Scored a 30-yard screamer that left the goalkeeper rooted to the spot."