AP Global Soccer 10 Quotebox


LONDON (AP) -Quotes from panelists voting in the AP Global Football 10 poll for the week ended Monday Dec 10:


Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport, France.

"Messi or Falcao? Falcao or Messi? Two super heavyweights went head to head for first place this week.

Dethroning Messi in the week he beat Gerd Mueller's goal-scoring record with two clinical goals would take something special. And Falcao's five goals were an astonishing performance. Falcao has done in 2012 what Djokovic did in the world of tennis in 2011, adding himself to the global dominance of Nadal and Federer. Likewise, Falcao has taken his rightful place in ending the domination of Ronaldo and Messi.

"Fernando Torres's position rewards his rediscovered efficiency, having scored four of Chelsea's nine goals.

"No stand-out team No. 1 this week. Barcelona and Manchester United would have deserved their position following strong league performances, but spoiled it a little in the Champions League. United's victory over City doesn't immediately make one forget the defeat against Cluj."


Christian Schatzle, derfussballblogger.de, Germany.

"There's not much need for consideration this week. Radamel Falcao with his five goals is clearly the player of the week. I wonder how long Falcao will be playing for Atletico Madrid. He's currently one of the best center-forwards in the world. Apart from that, it's worth mentioning Lionel Messi's brace to break Gerd Mueller's long-standing record.

"`Winter champion' Bayern Munich could also extend its lead, to 11 points, on a day when all its main challengers dropped points, while it also topped its group in the Champions League."


Will Tidey, The Bleacher Report, United States.

"Muller's record is gone, Messi's march to immortality continues. A fourth Ballon d'Or is already in the bag, surely. Wayne Rooney was at his bullish best for Manchester United against City, operating in behind Robin van Persie and knocking down the team United are eternally grateful he didn't join in 2010."


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

"I've been keeping Borussia Dortmund high because of its Champions League success, but after losing at home to Wolfsburg, and moving even further behind Bayern Munich, I can't justify to myself keeping them that high. Tottenham Hotspur was minutes away from staying in the top 10, but losing to Everton on two goals in the closing minutes opens up the door for Lyon. Meanwhile, I may face a conundrum next week if Chelsea wins the Club World Cup. I've sworn them off for the time being, but can I leave the `world champs' out of the top 10? Any other week, any other year, if you scored five goals, I don't care against who, you would get my No. 1 vote. But on a week when Lionel Messi sets the record for goals in a year, well, that must be acknowledged. My apologies to Falcao, but Messi broke a mark that had stood since 1972, while Falcao was the first to have five in a game in Spain since the 01-02 season."


Orfeo Suarez, El Mundo, Spain.

"Messi beat Mueller's record with two more goals. Before the end of the year, the Argentine has scored 86 goals. He can make it to 90. Another young Argentine player, Facundo Ferreira, is the key to the title of Velez Sarsfield. A big Sunday for Falcao in La Liga, with five goals in a match against Deportivo. Torres is coming back to form with coach Benitez, who took him to the top in Liverpool years ago. Totti showed his quality against Fiorentina, in one of the most beautiful matches in the Calcio."


Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England.

"A simple two-way choice, with both players creating history. Yet although Falcao became the first ever Atletico Madrid player to score five in a game, Lionel Messi has done something no-one has ever done before - score 86 goals in a single calender year. Mesut Ozil was another who was superb as he scored twice for Real Madrid, while Gianluigi Buffon can take huge pleasure from clean sheets in two vital games for Juventus this week. Mohamed Aboutrika made an impact in the Club World Cup, while Mario Gomez scored twice in two games this week. Juventus enjoyed a fine week in both the Champions League and Serie A, while there were eye-catching wins for Malaga, Norwich and Al Ahly. Liverpool also proved they can cope without Luis Suarez, while Atletico Mineiro secured second spot in Brazil with a fine last-day win."


Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy.

"The goal record of Messi is a little more science fiction than the five aces of Falcao, the brilliant, brilliant, brilliant performance of Totti and the couple of scores of Rooney in the Manchester derby. United of course is the team leader of the week, with a short advance on Juventus."


Filip Bondy, New York daily News, United States.

"Messi -- I should be so injured. Falcao -- Maybe if he scores six, he beats out Messi. But five? No way.

"Rooney - He's starting to look familiar. Van Persie made his own luck on that kick by curling it into a dangerous place."


Aurelio Capaldi, Rai Sport, Italy.

"Leo Messi's record is impressive and Radamel Falcao scoring five goals in a game for the first time in his professional career is outstanding, but Wayne Rooney deserves the top spot this week as he was the man of the match at the Etihad Stadium. Not only did he score two goals, but he gave his team something extra as he put everything on the pitch: desire, effort, class, goals. He made tackles, created chances, scored a double. Rooney reminded everyone what a great hard worker he is and his influence on the Manchester derby was decisive."


Panelists: Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport. Aurelio Capaldi, Rai Sport. Orfeo Suarez, El Mundo. Mike McGrath, wardles/The Sun. Will Tidey, Bleacher Report. Gregor Derichs, Germany. Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency. Francois Colin, De Standaard. Willem Vissers, Volkskrant. Shintaro Kano, Kyodo news agency. Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport. Christian Schatzle, derfussballblogger. Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Tito Puccetti, ESPN Argentina. Jerome Touboul, L'Equipe. Federico Giammaria, La Voz. Jose Antonio Cortes, Record, mexico. Filip Bondy, New York Daily News.

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