- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

LONDON (AP) - Frank Lampard earned the top spot in the weekly Associated Press global soccer poll for the first time after setting Chelsea’s career goals record.

And a familiar name returned to the top of the team rankings, with Barcelona ending Bayern Munich’s six-week stay following its 22nd Spanish league title.

The weekend also featured title celebrations at Paris Saint-Germain, which was fifth following its first French league championship since 1994.

Chelsea retained third as Lampard’s goals against Aston Villa on Saturday helped the club close in on a spot in next season’s Champions League.

The two goals raised the 34-year-old midfielder’s total during 12 years with Chelsea to 203.

“He provided class and gave Chelsea what it needed to be sure of getting Champions League football next season,” said voter Aurelio Capaldi from Italian broadcaster RAI Sport.

Lampard’s contract expires at the end of the season, and it’s not clear whether he will be asked to stay.

“He should have been treated with greater respect by his club as he always performed as a top player,” Capaldi said.

Wigan, one of the Premier League’s smallest clubs, stole the limelight by winning a trophy for the first time in its 81-year history on Saturday. Playing in its first FA Cup final, Wigan beat big-spending Manchester City 1-0 thanks on Ben Watson’s injury-time goal.

Wigan was voted into second place behind Barcelona, while Watson was judged to be the third-best player last week.

Orfeo Suarez, from Spain’s El Mundo, wanted to recognize the “great surprise” pulled off by Roberto Martinez’s Wigan that plays with a “Spanish style.”

There was a second Wigan player in the top 10. Callum McManaman’s influential role in the final earned him enough votes for fifth place, two points behind Watson.

“His performance was the difference in the FA Cup final,” said Mike McGrath of the Wardles news agency and The Sun newspaper in England. “He was integral to Wigan pulling off their shock win against Manchester City.”

The end of City’s quest for silverware this season led to the firing of coach Roberto Mancini on Monday, the first anniversary of the team’s Premier League title triumph.

“You can’t go losing to teams facing relegation and expect to remain in good graces,” said Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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