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“Stefan Kiessling is gathering attention in Germany,” said Christian Schatzle of Derfussballblogger.de.

One of Europe’s classiest players, Andrea Pirlo of Juventus, was eighth with 40 points.

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AP Global Soccer 10 Rankings for week ending Dec. 17.

(Previous week’s ranking in parentheses)

Players:

1. Lionel Messi (1), 169 points.

2. Cassio, 72.

3. Robin van Persie (7), 70.

4. Paolo Guerrero, 69.

5. Radamel Falcao (2), 59.

6. Stefan Kiessling, 49.

7. Miroslav Klose, 44.

8. Andrea Pirlo, 40.

9. Adel Taarabt, 35

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