|World Player of the Week
|Arjen Robben has returned to his dazzling best in the past few weeks after a dip in form and confidence at the start of the year.
The Netherlands international was unstoppable against Basel as Bayern Munich destroyed the Swiss side 7-0 at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
The 28-year-old scored two goals and provided an assist to demonstrate how lethal he can be when playing with Franck Ribery on the other flank.
Then at the weekend, Robben bagged a hat-trick against Hertha Berlin in Bayern’s comprehensive 6-0 away win in the Bundesliga. Two of the goals were penalties but the winger still put on an attacking masterclass at the Olympiastadion Berlin and he could have added more to his tally.
|Congratulations to Robben, Goal.com's 148th World Player of the Week winner!
Leandro Damiao - Internacional
Leandro Damiao was the star for Internacional in the past week as he scored a hat-trick against The Strongest in their 5-0 victory in the Copa Libertadores and found the target twice in their 7-0 hammering of Juventude in the Brazilian state championship.
Eden Hazard - Lille
Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Lille as they beat Valenciennes 4-0 in Ligue 1 action under the watchful gaze of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. The Belgium international attacker also created the other three goals for the defending French champions.
Lee Keun-Ho - Ulsan Hyundai
Ulsan Hyundai's Lee Keun-Ho netted a stunning hat-trick in the K-League against FA Cup winners Seongnam Ilhwa in a 3-0 thrashing. The South Korea international scored a perfect treble, with a right-foot opener after a goal-mouth scramble, followed by a clever left-footed finish and a close-range headed goal.
Benni McCarthy - Orlando Pirates
Benni McCarthy scored two goals for Orlando Pirates in their 3-2 victory over fierce rivals (and the team he supported as a child) Kaizer Chiefs in the South African Premier Soccer League in an enthralling Soweto derby in front of 87,171 fans at the FNB Stadium.
Antonio Valencia - Manchester United
Antonio Valencia had a superb game for Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday as he scored one and provided two assists in their 5-0 thrashing of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The win saw the Red Devils go four points clear at the top, albeit with one game more.
On Sunday we encouraged our readers to nominate their choices for the best player of the week and here are the best three comments we had.
Pawel in the United Kingdom wanted Fernando Torres to win the award following his double for Chelsea against Leicester City in their 5-2 FA Cup quarter-final victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
“Fernando Torres - because he has finally unblocked himself, which is not easy when you've had a reputation of a lethal striker and had not scored for such a long time. Fortunately for him those two goals might be vital and open a gate for further clinical finishes, which I have always admired Torres for.”
Kenn in Africa wanted another Premier League player Wayne Rooney to take the accolade.
“Wayne rooney...but am sure most would not give it to him for only reason he is United, but he has been great recently.”
And meanwhile, bayern ger underlined why someone from Bayern Munich should be recognised for their heroics in the past week, as several others called for Lionel Messi to win the award yet again.
“What about Ribery, Robben and Gomez? After that brilliant performance any one of them were better than Messi this week. it can't be just Messi every week.”