Goal.com World Player of the Week started in 2009 and has since run every week, proving to be hugely popular with readers. Each Monday at midday, our worldwide team of editors put forward a candidate, as chosen by Goal.com International, who deserves recognition for achieving something special over the course of the previous seven days.
The winner isn't necessarily the best player in the world - at least not usually - but whoever we crown will have accomplished something amazing. It might be for a particularly awesome performance (such as Lionel Messi scoring a record five Champions League goals in one game) or for something praiseworthy off the pitch (Eric Abidal miraculously returning after a liver tumour operation) - either way, the person in question deserves special attention.In addition to the victor, we highlight a number of honourable mentions, players who also excelled but just didn't do enough to win the top prize.
Simply leave a comment on this promotional article between 10.00 every Sunday and 11.00CET every Monday with the name of your winner, and the reasons for your nomination. Alternatively you can post a message via social networking on either of Goal.com International's Facebook or Twitter pages.
The best comments, messages or tweets will be included when our winner is announced on Goal.com International.
Last week's winner was Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero, who scored against AC Milan in the Coppa Italia in midweek and then against Inter in Serie A on Sunday.Who is your World Player of the Week this week? Get involved!