- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

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


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.”


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.”


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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