World Player of the Week: Ezequiel Lavezzi - Napoli

Join in saluting another player worthy of global recognition
Welcome to's regular feature: World Player of the Week. Each week our worldwide team of editors will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by 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 accomplished 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... World Player of the Week #145: Ezequiel Lavezzi
Club: Napoli
Country: Argentina
Age: 26
Role: Forward
Achievement: Destroyed Chelsea and Inter

Napoli haven not been at their scintillating best this season, but against Chelsea and Inter last week, they showed exactly why, when on form, they are one of the best teams in Europe to watch.

The man that made them tick this past week was the diminutive Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi. He scored his maiden Champions League goals in a 3-1 win over Chelsea, stroking a beautifully curled effort past Petr Cech in the first half, and then completing his double in the second period with a simple tap-in.

He capped off a majestic week by netting the winner against Inter on Sunday in a hard-fought 1-0 victory. The 26-year-old was superb all evening, running Claudio Ranieri's side ragged at times, and linking up with his fellow attackers brilliantly all evening.

Congratulations to Ezequiel Lavezzi,'s 145th World Player of the Week!

Honourable Mentions

Ryan Giggs - Manchester United

The Welsh veteran made his 900th appearance for Manchester United last weekend, and celebrated the occasion with a stoppage-time goal that gave Sir Alex Ferguson's side a 2-1 win away at Norwich, keeping them within touching distance of their city rivals at the top of the Premier League.

German Denis - Atalanta

Atalanta shocked the peninsula on Sunday with a fantastic 4-1 win at home to Roma. The star of the show was Argentine striker German Denis. The 30-year-old scored a superb hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 15, and take his side to the giddy heights of 11th.

Franck Ribery - Bayern Munich

He may have been quiet against Basel in the Champions League, but the French international responded at the weekend in the best possible fashion, by scoring a double against Schalke in a 2-0 win. His celebration with coach Jupp Heynckes silenced rumours of a bust-up with the coach as his team kept the pressure on Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Johan Elmander - Galatasaray

The former Bolton striker scored a beautiful brace for his side in a 3-2 derby win over Besiktas at the weekend. His injury-time winner ensured the Aslanlar moved nine points ahead of their nearest rivals at the top of the Turkish Super League.

Yann Sommer - FC Basel

The young Swiss keeper produced the greatest performance of his life to earn Basel a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich last week. He produced a series of world class saves to deny Ribery and Thomas Muller, and has surely pricked up the ears of a number of Europe's giants.