Goal.com World Player Of The Week: Bastian Schweinsteiger - Germany

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Goal.com World Player of the Week #59: Bastian Schweinsteiger
Club: Bayern Munich
Country: Germany
Age: 25
Role: Midfielder
Castrol Ranking: 143
Achievement: Man of the match against Argentina

Before the World Cup quarter-final tie between Argentina and the Germans Diego Maradona attempted to rile the Europeans by suggesting that Bastian Schweinsteiger was 'nervoushhh' before the clash. El Diego's comments came in the wake of some gamesmanship on the part of the Bayern Munich midfielder.

However, Schweini backed up his words with actions and displayed no signs of nervousness as he orchestrated the Germans' 4-0 trouncing of their South American rivals.

The 25-year-old has been in imperious form over the course of the competition and saved his best performance so far for the last eight. He made two goals, the first and third, and was generally the 'go-to' player he has been for Bayern all season.

His form will be central to Germany's push for the title.

Congratulations to Bastian, Goal.com's 59th World Player of the Week!

Honourable Mentions

Miroslav Klose - Germany

Celebrated his 100th cap for the Nationalmannschaft by scoring his 51st and 52nd international goals. After an underwhelming club season, Miro is back doing what he does best - scoring goals at the World Cup. He now has 14 strikes to his name, just one behind the great Ronaldo.

David Villa - Spain

El Guaje seems to be single-handedly carrying the Spanish goal threat at World Cup 2010. Saturday night brought another goal, a fifth at these finals, as la Furia Roja ousted Paraguay from the competition.

Wesley Sneijder - The Netherlands

The Inter man scored the two goals to dump Brazil from the World Cup, one a speculative cross, the other a poacher's header.

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