|World Player of the Week
| AC Milan
|Antonio Cassano's playing career was under threat after he suffered a stroke last year, with many suggesting that he may not be able to return to action before the Euro 2012 finals. However, the Italy international forward has made a miraculous recovery from his heart problems and was in superb form over the past seven days.
Cassano came on as a substitute in AC Milan's Serie A clash against Genoa, with the Rossoneri struggling, and totally changed the game to lead his side to a 1-0 victory. Then on Sunday Cassano started his first match in six months and produced a virtuoso performance.
The former Roma and Real Madrid star scored Milan's first goal at Siena and set up both of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's strikes to keep Massimiliano Allegri's side in the hunt for the Scudetto. Cassano had been thoroughly missed by the Rossoneri and his return boosts the Rossoneri's slim chances of pipping Juventus to the Serie A title. It is also good news for Italy ahead of Euro 2012, and a real positive story all round.
|Congratulations to Cassano, Goal.com's 154th World Player of the Week winner!
Yasser al Qahtani - Al Ain
The Saudi Arabian striker scored a double on Friday to help Al Ain win the UAE Pro-League title with a 2-0 victory over reigning champions Al Jazira. Both of his goals came inside the opening 20 minutes, and his manager Cosmin Olaroiu said this of him after the game: "He is a player who does well in finals and big games.”
Edin Hazard - Lille
Hazard has been in very good form for defending champions Lille and exhibited a stellar performance against Paris Saint-Germain in their 2-1 victory in Ligue 1 on Sunday. The Belgian attacker scored from the penalty spot after hitting the post and played a major role in Lille’s winning goal to keep them on the fringes of the title race.
Fernando Llorente - Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao created history on Thursday by reaching the final of the Europa League and Llorente was the man who stole the show at San Mames. The Spanish striker provided two assists and scored the winner against Sporting Lisbon in their 3-1 home win to help his team clinch the semi-final tie 4-3 on aggregate. It was one of the best performances from Llorente in his club career.
Raul - Schalke
Raul has still one more game to play for Schalke, but he put the curtain down on his career at the Veltins Arena by scoring against Hertha Berlin in the Royal Blues’ 4-0 victory. The veteran Spanish striker was arguably the best player of the match as he also set up one goal, sealing third place in the Bundesliga this season for Huub Stevens’ side.
Fernando Torres - Chelsea
Torres returned to form in superb fashion over the past week, scoring four goals in two games. He netted the equaliser against Barcelona, as Chelsea drew 2-2 at Camp Nou to progress to the Champions League final. Then on Sunday Torres scored a hat-trick in the Blues’ 6-1 demolition of Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge.
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