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“A couple of shout outs this week to lower, lower English players for goals in big FA Cup upsets,” Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said. “Matt Smith’s two goals against Liverpool deserve attention. This may well be the high point of Smith’s career, and I salute it.”

Edinson Cavani, one of many bright young South Americans playing in Serie A, has been a regular in the AP Top 10 and is in fourth place in the latest survey with 68 points, clear of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, who finally seems to be settling into the goal-scoring rhythm manager Arsene Wenger hoped he would produce at the start of the season.

Two Bundesliga players, Poland midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski and Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, filled seventh and eighth places.

AP Global Soccer Rankings for week ending Jan. 27th (previous rankings in parentheses):


1. Lionel Messi, (5), 176 points.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo, (1), 159.

3. Mauro Icardi, 90.

4. Edinson Cavani, (10), 68.

5. Javier Hernandez, 43.

6. Olivier Giroud, 42.

7. Jakub Blaszczykowski, 37.

8. Mario Mandzukic, 36.

9. Matt Smith, 35.

10. Stephan el Shaarawy, 28.

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