|World Player of the Week
| Manchester City
||3-2||Queens Park Rangers
|Few goals in Manchester City’s history have been as memorable and historic as Sergio Aguero’s against Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Sunday, and none so dramatic.
With City trailing QPR 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium and Manchester United winning 1-0 at Sunderland, Roberto Mancini’s side were on course to lose the league title to the Red Devils. But there was a glimmer of hope in the second minute of injury time when Eden Dzeko equalised.
The game at the Stadium of Light ended and for a couple of minutes United had the title in their grasp once again. But up popped Aguero, who slid into space and slotted the ball home from close range in the fourth minute of additional time. City would go on to win the match 3-2 and clinch their first Premier League crown.
It was the Argentina international’s 23rd league goal of the campaign and by far the most important. Aguero is a world-class player and his addition to the City squad has been indispensable.
|Congratulations to Aguero, Goal.com's 156th World Player of the Week winner!
Alessandro Del Piero - Juventus
Del Piero will go down in history as one of Juventus' greatest ever players, and he capped off his last ever Serie A game for the Turin giants with a wonderful strike from the edge of the box against Atalanta. It was the Bianconeri’s second goal in a comfortable 3-1 home victory and the veteran Italian was justifiably given a standing ovation by the Juve faithful when he was replaced in the second half.
Radamel Falcao - Atletico Madrid
Falcao picked up a winner’s medal in the Europa League for the second season in a row, as he inspired Atletico Madrid to a 3-0 final victory over Athletic Bilbao in midweek. The Colombia international scored a brace with two brilliant finishes to finish as the top scorer in the competition two years on the trot with 12 goals in 15 matches. He also scored the winner on Sunday night in La Liga against Villarreal.
Filippo Inzaghi - AC Milan
Like Del Piero at Juventus, Inzaghi played his last league game for Milan at the weekend and he too ended it on a positive note. It was a fairytale finish as the veteran Italian striker came off the bench to score an 82nd minute winner against Novara at San Siro. It was incidentally Inzaghi’s first goal for Massimiliano Allegri’s side in the 2011-12 campaign.
Robert Lewandowski - Borussia Dortmund
Lewandowski has been a shining star in Dortmund’s successful campaign this term and he wrapped it up with a brilliant hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal final. The Poland international also played a role in the Bundesliga champions’ first goal in their 5-2 victory at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, as BVB completed a fantastic domestic double in Germany.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid
Ronaldo failed to win the Pichichi trophy this season as he fell four goals short of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi’s tally of 50, but he created history on Sunday when he found the target for Real Madrid against Real Mallorca in their 4-1 win. His opener at the Santiago Bernabeu meant that the Portuguese became the first player to score against all 19 rivals in La Liga in the same season.
On Sunday we encouraged our readers to nominate their choices for the best player of the week and here are some of your comments:
Gurudatha in Bangalore voted for Aguero as Goal.com's World Player of the Week but also felt that Edin Dzeko should be given credit for his contribution against QPR.
"This week's World Player of the Week award should go to Aguero and Dzeko together. While Aguero scored the winner, Dzeko put City on the way to success with the equaliser in the second minute of injury time. Both goals and players were equally important, so I believe that both should be acknowledged equally."
Thomas in Jordan backed Del Piero to pick up the award for his heroics against Atalanta.
"Even though I am biased, I do genuinely believe that Alessandro Del Piero is a realistic candidate for World Player of the Week. He showed his class with that 25-yard goal against Atalanta and proved that he remains a top player. Of course, there is also Aguero's winner for Manchester City against QPR and it would be tough to make a choice this week, but I back Del Piero for the prize."
Vince in Canada also voted in favour of the legendary Italian forward.
"Del Piero displayed a classy performance against Atalanta, scoring the winner with a beautiful curling shot. His attitude in the game, which will be his last Serie A match for Juventus, was that of a top professional. He should be given the award for his entire career."
Ali in Milan went for Dortmund hero Lewandowski for his performance against Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal final.
"Robert Lewandowski played superbly for Dortmund against Bayern and because of him they won the German Cup. He has been outstanding this season! Dortmund are lucky to have him."
Raheeb from England felt that AC Milan veteran Filippo Inzaghi deserves worldwide praise for his winner against Novara in what was his last appearance for the Rossoneri.
"Pippo Inzaghi should be the Goal.com World Player of the Week because he proved himself with 22 minutes of game time and a wonderful goal. He is 38 years old and outclassed everyone on the pitch with a world class Man-of-the-Match performance."