In a truly global edition of World Player of the Week, this week’s prize is awarded to Beto, the stand-out star of the I-League this week and one of the most impressive players in the division this term.
The 33-year-old delivered two commanding displays for Churchill Brothers, contributing directly to three goals and receiving a Man of the Match award as the Goan outfit secured six points to maintain their four-point advantage at the top of the pile.
Having gone a goal behind against Pailan Arrows, Beto inspired his side to a sensational comeback, setting up Henri Antouchet for two strikes in the space of three minutes before Israil Gurung settled the match just a couple of minutes later.
And the Brazilian maintained his tremendous run of form heading into the weekend clash with United Sikkim, heading home from a corner after just four minutes to help his side secure a hard-fought but vitally-important win as they pursue title glory.
Goal.com‘s Rahul Bali had this to say on the veteran’s stunning form of late: “Roberto Mendes da Silva (Beto) has been in inspirational form for the Goan side as they have stretched their lead to four points at the top. Not only did he grab two assists against Pailan Arrows in midweek – a performance which earned him the Man of the Match award – he then opened the scoring against United Sikkim at the weekend.
“He has been used as a second striker this season and the Brazilian has responded in style, being Churchill’s best player so far in the campaign.”
|Congratulations to Beto, Goal.com’s 191st World Player of the Week winner!
Antonio Di Natale – Udinese
@BabakGolriz: “If you don’t admire him, you don’t know your football.”
Goal.com’s Kris Voakes: “Thanks to him, Udinese have climbed into the top eight against the odds.”
Patrice Evra – Man United
@StephenM91: “A constant thorn for Liverpool on Sunday.”
Goal.com’s Joe Wright: “Stepped up in the derby clash with two crucial assists and a colossal defensive display.”
Nemanja Matic – Benfica
@FCPortoWorld: “A bomb of a goal, I must admit.”
Goal.com’s Miles Chambers: “A sublime volley early on to level the scores, and the highlight of O Clasico.”
Cristiano Ronaldo – R. Madrid
@pacificsammy: “It shows that Real Madrid can’t do without him.”
Goal.com’s Ben Hayward: “It did not take him long to respond after missing out on the Ballon d’Or. Brilliant.”