AP Global Soccer 10 Quotebox


LONDON (AP) -Quotes from panelists voting in the AP Global Soccer 10 poll for the week ended Monday Nov. 12.

Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport, France.

"Everton's Belgian Marouane Fellaini is in the form of his life and should be at the top of the list of most sought after players in the transfer market alongside Falcao and Cavani. A new entry on my list for Valencienne's Fouad Kadir, who we'll call the French Fellaini for his balance and workrate. Juventus are on top for their performances in the Champions League and Serie A. Even if the opponents aren't top of the tree, it's not easy to score 10 goals in a week.

Paulo Vinicius Coelho, Estado de S.Paulo, Brazil.

"Fred, top scorer in the Brazilian Championship was the top player in the match against Palmeiras, the match when Fluminense was crowned Brazilian champion. Messi, 76 goals in the year, more than Pele in his best year. (official matches, only, because in 1959 Pele scored 127 goals)."

Will Tidey, Bleacher Report, United States.

"Edinson Cavani has replaced Radamel Falcao as the hottest striker in Europe. The Argentine scored all four in Napoli's Europa League win on Thursday, then added a goal and an assist in Serie A on Sunday. Fabio Quagliarella's hat-trick for Juventus oozed class, with two well-placed shots followed by an acrobatic volley into the corner. Fraser Forster, dubbed "The Great Wall" by Spanish media after keeping Barcelona at bay in Celtic's improbable Champions League victory."

Mike McGrath, Wardles/The Sun, England

"If there was any argument about Lionel Messi being the best player in the world, beating Pele's record of 75 goals in a calendar year puts that beyond any doubt. He is setting new standards of brilliance every week."

James Porteous, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong.

"Messi's got to take top spot after yet another milestone, passing Pele's record of 75 goals in a calendar year with his brace against Mallorca. Ten goals in 10 games required to overtake Gerd Muller's mark of 85 and you'd have to fancy him to achieve it. Celtic have got to take team of the week for their superb win over Barca in the Champions League, even if St Johnstone did bring them back to earth at the weekend, while Ulsan Hyundai (Asian Champions League winners), Fluminense (Brazilian league winners) and Molde (Norwegian league winners) deserve inclusion for their achievements."

Tom Timmermann St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States.

"In a one-game, head-to-head matchup, I'd be inclined to go with Barcelona, but for the bodywork so far this season, it's hard to look past what Bayern Munich has done, with 10 wins in 11 games and a 7-point edge in the Bundesliga. Barcelona's loss to Celtic is the type of game that happens; a few inches here or there, balls are going in that are otherwise hitting the ironwork, and you've got a 3-2 win that keeps everyone happy.

Ribery had an assist in the Champions League match, almost scored, and then did score against Eintracht Frankfurt, which is the kind of performance across multiple matches I like to see. Pizarro, by contrast, did his scoring in one game, and while you can make the case it was against a lightweight opponent, I always come back to the fact that scoring goals at this level is hard and anyone who does it once, twice or thrice is doing something really well. Pizarro almost had four."

Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Beating the world champions, Celtic fixed a new milestone in its beautiful history, and of course the brilliant night of the goalkeeper Forster was a big part of the victory. In my ranking I like to underline the regular run of Bayern, the firm answer of Juventus after the first domestic defeat in two years (10 goals scored in two matches), the title gained by Fluminense, the comeback kings of United and some teams far from the European heart of the business, but close to their target as Hiroshima and Velez. Players: despite the last-gasp defeat at Stamford Bridge, Willian showed the world his great talent. He is the finest player of the week."

Jose Antonio Cortes, Record, Mexico

"A goal against Braga, and then two more, almost three against Villa after he came on as sub. Chicharito is the good luck charm that Ferguson ties on every time United is in difficulty."

Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England.

"Javier Hernandez endured a tough 2011/12 season but he is now showing signs he is back to his best. The Mexican scored in Manchester United's Champions League victory over Braga in midweek and his introduction transformed their game against Aston Villa as he scored twice - although he believes he should be credited with a hat-trick - to transform a 2-0 deficit to a 3-2 victory. Lionel Messi has never been questioned, though, while Dimitar Berbatov was at his languid best against Arsenal. Who else but Celtic? Their win over Barcelona was one of the great European nights, with the atmosphere simply electric. Bayern also produced two fine victories, while West Brom are now seen as potential outsiders for the Champions League after another two wins continued their excellent season."

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