Benteke joins likes of Pirlo in European team of the week
Christian Benteke in Barclays Premier League AND European team of the week.
18th Dec 2012
Benteke joins likes of Pirlo in European team of the week

Christian Benteke is not only in the team of the week - he's also in the all-star team of the week covering the top five European leagues!

Benteke was selected in the Barclays Premier League team of the week for performances in matches this weekend.

The powerful forward scored two and set up Andreas Weimann for the other goal as Villa ran out convincing winners at Liverpool.

He gained a perfect mark of 10 - only the fifth by a player in the Barclays Premier League season thus far.

Brad Guzan [8] was also included after his stopping skills helped Villa to the Anfield victory.

Others in the top-flight best team include Pablo Zabaletta [8.7] [Man City], Mike Williamson [8.9] [Newcastle], Jan Vertonghen [8.2] [Tottenham], Kyle Naughton [7.5] [Tottenham], Richard Snodgrass [8.4][Norwich], Santi Cazorla [10] [Arsenal], Adel Taarabt [9.1] [QPR], Lukas Podolski [9.2] [Arsenal] and Robin van Persie [8.9] [Man Utd].

But big Benteke also impressed across all top continental divisions - in England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France - as he was selected alongside the likes of Juventus Andreas Pirlo [10] in the all-star team of the week.

Others include Ali Ahamada [9] [Toulouse], Pablo Zabaletta [8.7] [Man City], Mike Williamson [8.9] [Newcastle], Martin Demichelis [8.7] [Malaga], Jeremy Morel [8.8] [Marseille], Nicolai Muller [9.2][Mainz], Santi Cazorla [10] [Arsenal], Stephan El Shaarawy [9.3] [AC Milan] and Stefan Kie├čling [10] [Bayer Leverkusen].

Both teams are based on ratings from the weekend of the December 14-17.

WhoScored are one of the leading statistical football sites around with a huge following.

They get all of their stats via their partnership with Opta and calculate their own unique ratings, based on over 200 raw statistics live during the matches.

All events are valued based on a researched perception of the effect on the outcome of the match.

Positive events are valued against negative events.

Provided with unique stats, they compile and create comprehensive analysis on the major European divisions.

Several Villa players have also made it into the ESPN and BBC teams of the week - make sure you check out who.

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