AP Global Soccer 10 Quotebox


Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

LONDON (AP) — Quotes from panelists voting in the AP Global Football 10 poll:

Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy.

"Velez Sarsfeld has won the Inicial championship in Argentina and managed to beat Union with two goals scored by Facundo Ferreyra, the new idol of the fans who got his revenge after a huge disappointment with his former club Banfield, relegated 5 months ago. With 11 goals in 14 games, Ferreyra has had a magnificent impact on Velez. Cristiano Ronaldo led Real to victory over city rivals Atletico and was the key player of the Madrid derby. He scored the opener and always gave the feeling of being the king of the night."

Mike McGrath, Wardles news agency/The Sun.

"Another week, another two Lionel Messi goals and another Barcelona win. It is now only a matter of when Messi will break Gerd Muller's record of goals in a calendar year, rather than if."

Francois Colin, De Standaard, Belgium.

"Cristiano Ronaldo: scored one goal, made one goal and hit the woodwork twice in the Madrid derby, to save Real's championship hopes."

William Vissers, De Volkskrant, Netherlands.

"LA Galaxy and David Beckham, honor to a great player, a great sportsman, an icon of sports and marketing."

James Porteous, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

"An exciting week with big derbies in Spain, Italy and Germany, but once again Barca and their little genius have to take the top spots. Messi bagged his 83rd and 84th goals of 2012 in the 5-1 defeat of Athletic to leave him just one away from Gerd Muller's all-time record. From 21 appearances in all competitions he has 11 braces, one hat-trick and has scored 'only' one goal in just three of the 15 games in which he has scored. It all adds up to the best start in the history of the Spanish league for Barca. David Beckham may not have been the best player on the pitch in the MLS final, but he deserves credit for ending his U.S. mission with another title."

Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy.

"Considering the power of PSG, what Lyon and Marseille are doing in Ligue 1 is incredible. Nice night for Juventus and Marchisio in Italy, big news from Argentina, where Velez secured another title revealing a new sensation: the forward Ferreyra. Compliments go to Galaxy, and of course to their master David Beckham."

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Let's hear it for a week where form mostly held. Also, I'm thankful that Bayern Munich didn't lose to Borussia Dortmund, since I'd be very reluctant to move Dortmund ahead of them, but a head-to-head result is somewhat significant. And still, I'm reluctant to have Dortmund almost as high overall as they are in the Bundesliga, but their play in Europe makes the difference. Gomis might well have been No. 1 just for his hat-trick against Marseille, but goals in two games make him a clear-cut No. 1. Marchisio probably would have been No. 1 in a lot of other weeks with two goals and an assist, even with an adjustment for playing against a 10-man Torino squad."

Federico Giammaria, LaVoz, Argentina.

"Velez has clinched its ninth title in Argentina ... secured it through two goals from Facundo Ferreyra."

Filip Bondy, New York Daily News, United States.

"Los Angeles Galaxy - Before this roster disassembles, it's time for a shout out. The champs were great fun to watch and the one true quality side in MLS."

Orfeo Suarez, El Mundo, Spain.

"Spain's Michu made it to the top in the Premier League. Cristiano Ronaldo managed a great goal in the derby game after three matches without scoring. With Tito Vilanova, Barcelona has had the best beginning in the history of La Liga."

Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England.

"There have surely been no better signings around Europe this summer than that of Michu. Brought to Swansea from Rayo Vallecano for just 2 million pounds, the Spaniard scored twice in the 2-0 victory at Arsenal on Saturday. Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon is also scoring goals for fun, netting four in the past week. Real Madrid had a real battle on their hands to beat local rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday and claw back some of the ground to them and Barcelona. A 2-0 win was achieved with the minimum of fuss - something that could not be said for LA Galaxy as they were crowned MLS champions ... and bid farewell to David Beckham in style."

Will Tidey, Bleacher Report, United States

"Lionel Messi. Two clinical finishes, one with his left, one with his right moved Messi within one of Gerd Muller's record for a calendar year. Another star turn from Milan's 20-year-old sensation Stephan el-Shaarawy, who — as Paolo Bandini pointed out in the Guardian, has scored 50 percent of their goals in Serie A this season. Borussia Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller stood firm as they held Bayern to a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena."

Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport, France.

"Lionel Messi continues to walk on water. Cristiano Ronaldo, his big rival for the Ballon d'Or, also proved he is one of the greats with a breakthrough in the form of a superb free-kick in the match against Atletico. Lyon attacker Befetimbi Gomis, in scoring four goals in a week, has driven his team to the top of Ligue 1. Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier was responsible for keeping PSG out in the quarterfinal of the League Cup. Barcelona are quite correctly number one in these rankings but the performance of Jose Mourinho's team deserves praise considering the tension that has surrounded Real Madrid all week."