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Lionel Messi and Barcelona Top Inaugural AP Global Soccer 10 Rankings

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 27:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoreing his side's 5th goal during the La Liga match between Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona at Estadio Teresa Rivero on October 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalOctober 30, 2012

Lionel Messi and Barcelona reigned supreme as the Associated Press released the results of a new weekly poll comprised by a panel of football writers to determine the world's best player and team.

Panelists including Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News and yours truly took part in the inaugural AP Global Soccer 10 rankings—submitting our selections and generating a score for each player and team in the process.

Players and teams received 10 points for every first-place vote, nine points if they were ranked second and so on. Eighteen panelists' votes were counted, and the results can be seen below.

Messi picked up 140 points from a possible 180 after another fine performance for Barcelona against Rayo Vallecano, with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo second with 111 points and Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid finishing third.

Manchester United's Robin van Persie benefited from his performance against Chelsea to come in fourth, with the irrepressible Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain coming fifth.

Barcelona topped the team rankings after thumping Rayo Vallecano 5-0 in the wake of their dramatic Champions League win against Celtic at Camp Nou.

Atletico Madrid, who remain unbeaten in La Liga (like Barca), finished second, with Manchester United rounding out third after their 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge.

German side Borussia Dortmund came in fourth, having enjoyed successive victories over Real Madrid and Freiburg.

Here are the results in full.

 

Players

1. Lionel Messi, 140 points.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo, 111.

3. Radamel Falcao, 79.

4. Robin van Persie, 73.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 61.

6. Gonzalo Higuain, 50.

7. Juan Mata, 41.

8. Javi Hernandez, 28.

9. Cesc Fabregas, 27.

10. Mario Gotze, 26.

 

Teams

1. Barcelona, 130 points.

2. Atletico Madrid, 109.

3. Manchester United, 105.

4. Borussia Dortmund, 81.

5. Real Madrid, 64.

6. Schalke, 59.

7. Juventus, 53.

8. Bayer Leverkusen, 49.

9. Shakhtar Donetsk, 37.

10. Ajax, 35.

 

Panelists

Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport, France; James Porteous, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong; Gregor Derichs, dapd, Germany; Francois Colin, De Standaard, Belgium; Willem Vissers, Volkskraant, Netherlands; Christian Schatze, Der FussballBlogger.de, Germany; Jose Antonio Cortes, Record, Mexico; Will Tidey, Bleacher Report, United States; Federico Giammaria, LaVoz, Argentina; Jerome Touboul, L'Equipe, France; Mike McGrath, Wardles News Agency/The Sun, England; Filip Bondy, New York Daily News, United States; Julian Bennetts, Hayters News Agency, England; Aurelio Capaldi, Rai, Italy; Orfeo Suarez, El Mundo, Spain; Paulo Vinicius Coelho, Estado de S.Paulo, Brazil; Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States; John Duerden, kickoffasia.com, South Korea

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