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LONDON (AP) - Despite failing to win European soccer’s top prize, Barcelona came out as the top team this season in The Associated Press global soccer poll.
“Messi’s supreme form until getting injured near the end of the season _ a key factor in Barca’s exit from Europe _ means he is a more obvious standout for player of the year, especially as Bayern’s success was built more on team and squad depth rather than one outstanding individual,” said panelist James Porteous of the South China Morning Post.
Barcelona has already regained the Spanish league title from Madrid and is on course this weekend to match its rival’s milestone of 100 points from the previous campaign.
The Spanish clubs both exited the Champions League in the semifinals, but the winner Saturday, Bayern Munich, was four points behind Barcelona in the AP tally of votes since the poll launched in October.
“I’m a little surprised Barca edged out Bayern, given the Germans’ domestic dominance and Champions League win, but Barca were hugely impressive before falling to Bayern in the semifinals,” Porteous said.
“Jupp Heynckes must be given lots of credit … he led Bayern Munich to a fantastic season, made the right choices, kept total control of the team even though the news of his replacement broke in the middle of the season,” said voter Aurelio Capaldi from Italian broadcaster RAI Sport.
“(It’s) hard, very hard, for Guardiola to do better than this.”
No teams from outside of Europe made the top 10 in the end-of-season tally of votes.
AP Global Soccer end-of-season rankings
10 points for first, nine for second, etc.
1. Barcelona, 199 points
2. Bayern Munich, 195
3. Manchester United, 157
4. Real Madrid, 139
5. Juventus, 127
6. Borussia Dortmund, 103
7. Paris Saint-Germain, 74
8. Chelsea, 65
9. Manchester City, 62
10. Atletico Madrid, 45.
1. Lionel Messi, 191 points
2. Cristiano Ronaldo, 125
3. Robin van Persie, 67
4. Gareth Bale, 66
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 53
6. Edinson Cavani, 49
(tie) Robert Lewandowski, 49
8. Radamel Falcao, 47
9. Luis Suarez, 37
10. Mario Balotelli, 30
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