Welcome to Goal.com's regular 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 #31: Pedro Rodriguez
Achievement: Completed a unique feat in scoring at the Club World Cup - making him the only player to score in six competitions in one season.
Pedro, the Canaries-born attacker, began the season as a squad player at Barcelona - behind the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry in the jostle for starting berths. However, over the course of the past few months, the 22-year-old has become a vital asset for the Blaugrana. By scoring against Atlante last week, he became the first player to score in six different competitions in a single season following strikes in the European Super Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup. He helped turn the Club World Cup final around after being introduced as a substitute and netting the equaliser with only two minutes remaining in normal time. A bright future lies ahead for yet another Cantera product; expect to see Pedro's name in lights many more times this season.
Congratulations to Pedro , our 31st Goal.com World Player of the Week!
Rafael van der Vaart: Real Madrid
The former Ajax man took his first goal brilliantly against Real Zaragoza as he scored a
brace that will really help his confidence. He was so comfortable on
the ball all evening as Real Madrid trounced their opposition - a really timely performance.
Nicolas Spolli: Catania
The Argentine defender had a fantastic match, giving coach Sinisa Mihajlovic his first victory as coach of the Sicilian club. In the first-half he completely nullified the Juventus offence, leading the Etnei to an historic victory in Turin.
Daniel Van Buyten: Bayern Munich
Following the departure
of Lucio, there were many questions as to whether Bayern’s defence
would be able to improve from last year, but Van Buyten has risen to
the challenge and exceeded expectations. Against Hertha, the towering
Belgian defender played well defensively and a glancing
header as Bayern
coasted to a comfortable win.
Leave your notes of congratulations for Pedro below, or discuss who else deserves a place in the sun this week...