Goal.com World Player Of The Week: Fernando Torres - Liverpool & Spain

Goal.com's World Player of the Week has netted his second ever international hat-trick...
Welcome to Goal.com's new feature: Goal.com World Player of the Week. Each week our worldwide team of editors will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by Goal.com International, who deserves recognition for achieving something special that matchday. 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 World Player of the Week #5: FERNANDO TORRES
Club: Liverpool
Age: 25
Role: Striker
Achievement: Putting Spain in pole position in their Confederations Cup group with an 18-minute hat-trick against New Zealand.

El Nino is our fifth Goal.com World Player of the Week after a fine international showing.

Spain kicked off their 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup campaign against 'only' New Zealand, and Torres saw to it that the game was over essentially before it began.

His first goal was a placed, looping effort right into the 'postage stamp' to send the sparse Rustenberg crowd wild, before he tapped home a second following a David Villa assist.

Then he rose high, high above three white shirts to head home a third - not bad for less than twenty minutes' work!

Either way, that makes it goals 20, 21, and 22 for La Furia Roja, putting him above Michel and Telmo Zarra and placing him 8th in the all-time Spain rankings.

Congratulations to Fernando Torres, our fifth Goal.com World Player of the Week!

Honourable Mentions...
  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Spain - Portugal) - The wing ace is about to become the world's most expensive player of all time with a €93m/£80m move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
  2. Waleed Abdullah (Al Shabab - Saudi Arabia) - The Saudi stopper kept his side in it against South Korea with a series of excellent steps, giving the Middle Eastern side a valuable point in the quest for World Cup qualification.
  3. Felix D'Souza (SC Goa - India) - Another goalkeeper, Felix was on form as Goa lifted the Santosh Trophy in India. The new team captain was inspirational yet again for the regional side in this national competition.
  4. Matthew Booth (Mamelodi Sundowns - South Africa) - The veteran defender was one of the few bright sparks in a dull match between South Africa and Iraq, and helped his side earn a point with a confident defensive display.
Leave your notes of congratulations for Nando below, or discuss who else deserves a place in the sun this week...