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World Player of the Week
Paolo Guerrero
 
AGE 28
POSITION Attacker
FOR Corinthians
WEEK IN NUMBERS
APPS (GOALS SCORED) 2 (2)
TIME ON PITCH 180
PREVIOUS WINS 0
Al-Ahly
0-1 Corinthians
Corinthians 1-0 Chelsea

Paolo Guerrero scored arguably the two biggest goals of his life this week as Corinthians clinched the Club World Cup title.

The Peru striker powered home a header from Douglas' cross in the semi-final against Al-Ahly to set up the showpiece final with Chelsea, where he once more proved the hero as he nodded home from close range in front of jubilant Timao supporters to hand the Brazil side a surprising but well-earned victory.

The 28-year-old's double this week sealed a great 12 months for Corinthians, as they added the global title to their Copa Libertadores crown they clinched earlier this year to leave their fans - rumoured to number more than 30 million across the globe - into raptures.

Goal.com International's South American football expert Rupert Fryer had this to say on the striker's unforgettable tournament: "Top scorer at Copa America 2011, the Peruvian was a huge signing made almost specifically for the Club World Cup. And boy has he paid them back. Corinthians scored very few goals in winning the both the Brazilian league title and the Copa Libertadores, and Tite identified the necessity to add a focal point to his 4-4-2-0 formation despite all the success it had brought him.

"Guerrero said he had dreamt of scoring the winner in the final. He made an estimated 30 million dreams come true on Sunday."

Congratulations to Paolo Guerrero, Goal.com's 187th World Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Christian Benteke - Aston Villa

@TheAardvarkMan: "His powerhouse performance dismantled Liverpool."

Goal.com's Joe Wright: "Villa would do well to keep hold of him after his sensational start to life in England."

Oscar Cardozo - Benfica

 @benshave: "A century of Liga goals to send the Eagles top for Christmas."

Goal.com's Miles Chambers: "His form could well be a deciding factor in Benfica securing the Primeira Liga."


Zlatan Ibrahimovic - PSG

Christian Hernandez: "Zlatan simply scores as much as Zlatan feels!"

Goal.com's Jean-Charles Danree: "He is the best striker in Ligue 1, with 17 goals & 4 assists this season."

Jose Ariel Nunez - Libertad

 @villalbafede: "Dynamic, fearless and scores goals - what more could you ask for?"

Goal.com's Cristian Nacimbera: "Both a champion and top scorer in Paraguay in 2012, with 18 goals."

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