ACL2019 MD4 Toyota Player of the Week: Leonardo


Al Wahda's attacking midfielder Leonardo netted four times in his side's sensational 4-3 win at home over Qatar's Al Rayyan in their Group B Matchday Four clash on Monday to earn this week's top accolade.

The Brazilian's quadruple helped the Emirati club come back from 2-0 and then 3-1 deficits, with his match-winner coming in the 89th minute. The former Al Ahli Saudi star showed tremendous precision with his finishing, with his four goals coming from five shots on target.

Leonardo also made two key passes, registered 61 touches and won three fouls as he was awarded a 9.9 rating to lead the Toyota Player of the Week standings.

Countryman Ricardo Lopes (below) likewise shone on Matchday Four with the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors winger scoring a stunning opener for the Korean side in their 2-1 win over Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds.


The Brazilian's wonderful 12th minute strike was his first of the 2019 Continental campaign and was nominated for this Matchday's Goal of the Week.

Lopes displayed his all-round game at Jeonju World Cup Stadium as he also claimed the assist for Jeonbuk's second, created three chances and 69 touches as he picked up an impressive 9.8 rating to take second spot.

We turn to the West Zone to round out the top three with Al Rayyan's Gelmin Rivas (below) taking third spot thanks to his performance in the rollercoaster at Al Wahda.

Gelmin Rivas

The Venezuelan netted a brace for the visitors to take his tally to three for the campaign, having previously netted in the 2-1 win over Uzbekistan's Lokomotiv on Matchday Two, but somehow still ended on the losing side thanks to Leonardo's stunning display.

Nevertheless, for his efforts, the 30-year-old received a 9.7 rating in this week's Toyota standings.

Guangzhou Evergrande's Huang Bowen enters the list at number four with a 9.6 rating. The China PR midfielder was in fine form in the 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory not only scoring the opener but also creating the highest number of chances in the tie and boasting a 92.1% passing accuracy.

Completing the top five is Shandong Luneng striker Graziano Pelle who netted his sixth goal of the campaign to register a 9.5 in the Chinese Super League side's 1-0 win away at Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim.

Spanish legend Xavi is next with a 9.5 after an impressive performance for Al Sadd in the side's win over Pakhtakor, followed by Al Hilal's Sebastian Giovinco and Al Ahli striker Omar Al Soma who tallied 9.4 and 9.3 ratings respectively.