'Scored a memorable first career hat-trick' - Goal's World Player of the Week Alberto Aquilani

World Player of the Week
Alberto Aquilani
AGE 29
POSITION Midfielder
PLAYS FOR Fiorentina

Fiorentina 3-3 Genoa

Alberto Aquilani may not be renowned for his goal-scoring ability but this weekend he netted a stunning hat-trick to give Fiorentina a point in a pulsating 3-3 draw with Genoa.

Aquilani's first came from the spot after Massimo Ambrosini was brought down in the box. His second involved smart, close control before drilling the ball low down to Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perrin's right, and the third a tidy finish from a tight angle.

Goal Italy's Federico Cassoti said: "He's been the most effective Fiorentina player in a way few people would have come to imagine.

"Following injuries to key players in attack such as Mario Gomez, Giuseppe Rossi and Borja Valero, the Viola have had to unearth attacking alternatives.

"And, although Aquilani may have not been the most likely of candidates to place the goalscoring burden on, the 29-year-old has stepped up to the plate with a beautiful hat-trick this weekend, his first of his career.

"The fact that he has done this without Rossi, Gomez and Valero on the pitch makes the feat even more remarkable; and stretches Fiorentina's unbeaten run to six Serie A games, whilst keeping them in the hunt for the Champions League spots."

Congratulations to Alberto Aquilani, Goal's 245th World Player of the Week winner!

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@CTTurnbull "His link-up play with team-mate Tello was exceptional.

Goal's Adrian Boullousa: "Has showed there's more to his game than goals with four assists this week."

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 @Kjones1892: "Nurnberg are finally going to win as Drmic grabs his second."

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@Jouracule: "Stupendous free kick. Bend it like Van Dijk. Fourth of the season."

Goal's Chris Myson: "A standout performer for Celtic just got better with a thunderbolt free kick against Hibs."

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@Emmysteve9: "Scored on debut for Cambuur as they beat Heerenveen 3-1."

Goal's Stefan Coerts: "Ogbeche could be a fantastic signing for Cambuur in their quest to avoid relegation."