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Join Goal.com in saluting another World Cup player worthy of recognition.

Welcome to Goal.com's new World Cup feature: Goal.com Player of the Day. Each day a candidate will be put forward, as chosen by Goal.com International, who deserves recognition for achieving something special. It won't necessarily be the best player in the world - at least not usually - but whoever we nominate will have done 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...

Goal.com Player of the Day #5: Robinho
Club: Santos (on loan from Manchester City)
Country: Brazil
Age: 26
Role: Attacker
Achievement: Put in a man of the match performance in his side's win against North Korea.

Probably the best player on the field in Brazil's narrow 2-1 victory over minnows North Korea and certainly the most entertaining.

Robinho showed genuine flair and appetite for the game, teasing the opposing defense and giving them something genuinely different to mull over.
The Santos star was one of the few creative players out there and proved to be effective as well.

His pass to Elano for the second goal will be one of the best five assists of the tournament.


Congratulations to Robinho, Goal.com's 5th Player of the Day

Other worthy mentions go to...

Maicon - Brazil

Broke the deadlock in fortuitous style with a cross that beat the opposing goalkeeper at his near post – or was it a great shot? Got forward effectively for much of the night and had several good efforts on goal.

Winston Reid - New Zealand
The promising defender had a match he will never forget. Though he lost Vittek for the opening goal, he more than atoned for his error with a superb last-ditch challenge to deny Vittek his second goal and then he popped up in injury-time with an incredible headed equalizer. New Zealand has a new national hero and he isn't an All Black.

Gervinho - Ivory Coast
Potentially one of the stars of the tournament, the winger was lively with trickery and willingness to take on either full-back. Drifted out of the game in the second half, though he did more than anyone on his side to force an opening.

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