- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

LONDON (AP) - Quotes from voters in this week’s AP Global 10:

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Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“22 wins in a row and world champions: Real Madrid deserves the top spot. Carlo Ancelotti is the driver of a team which has won four titles in 2014.”

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James Porteous, South China Morning Post

“There was the usual weekly walkover for Barcelona and an admittedly slightly-less-routine-than-usual win for Bayern, while Marseille continue strong in Ligue 1.”

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Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy

“In the final weekend for football (except for the lucky British), Real confirmed its status of best club in the world.”

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Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States

“Real winning the FIFA club championship is some validation of them being the best club, but they’ve been No. 1 on my ballot long enough that I didn’t need the reminder. They just keep winning.”

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Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

“The Frenchman Antoine Griezmann showed how crucial he is to Atletico Madrid’s title hopes with a vital second-half hat trick that ripped the heart out of Athletic Bilbao.”

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Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

“Marcelo Bielsa has led the revolution, and he has taken Marseille above billionaire PSG.”

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Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England

“What a hat trick for Griezmann at Bilbao, and how he enjoyed it. The Frenchman has taken his time to impose himself following his summer move from Real Sociedad, but this was a superb performance from a top-class player.”

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Manos Staramopoulos, Dimocratia, Greece

“Real ended the year in the best way. They won 2-0 in the final of the Club World Cup in Morocco, beating San Lorenzo from Argentina.”

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Mike McGrath, The Sun, England

“Griezmann’s hat trick, away from home, was the eye-catching individual performance. But Manchester City deserves recognition for continuing their run of victories despite an injury list that deprives them of any out-and-out strikers.”

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