Munich - FC Bayern Munich's Claudio Pizarro emerged as the clear winner of the Matchday 27 Player of the Week vote, as decided by the bundesliga.com users.
Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek came in second place after helping his team to victory in Stuttgart, while Pizarro's Bayern colleague Arjen Robben finished third.
"It was one of the best matches of my career," beamed , who deservedly picked up 53 per cent of the vote. The Bundesliga's highest-scoring foreigner hit new heights last Saturday, netting an astonishing four goals and setting up a further two in FC Bayern Munich's 9-2 hammering of Hamburger SV, a result which all but secured them the 2012/13 title.
Pizarro became the first player since 2001 to play a direct part in six goals during a single encounter, a feat which also took him beyond Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in the all-time Bundesliga scoring chart on 164. However, the Peruvian is aware of his place in the team. "We have three good strikers and all three of us score goals," said the magnanimous South American. "It's difficult for the coach, and I understand that."
Pizarro’s stunning performance was enough to beat off competition from Borussia Dortmund right-back Piszczek, who won 21 per cent of the vote after his performance in the 2-1 win away at VfB Stuttgart that ensured the Yellow-Blacks remained Bundesliga champions for at least another week. The 28-year-old was the star performer at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena, scoring one and assisting another on a very satisfying day for the Polish international.
Bayern’s Robben came in third place with 14 per cent after scoring twice in the demolition job against HSV. The final three places were spread amongst Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Stefan Kießling, who scored a brace in Düsseldorf, VfL Wolfsburg’s Diego, on target in the 2-2 draw with 1 FC Nuremberg and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Takashi Inui, whose goal helped the Eagles to victory in Fürth.