- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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


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

“It’s like old times with Barcelona and Real Madrid on top, running 1-2 as the best in the world. And it’s also like old times with Manchester United moving back into the top 10. At various points in the season, I didn’t think that was possible.”


Leonardo Bertozzi, ESPN, Brazil

“Real (Madrid) have 18 straight wins after beating Celta Vigo. Looking at their next games, it is hard to imagine an end.”


Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, England

“Jack Colback deserves tremendous commendation for the job he did in midfield for Newcastle against Chelsea this weekend. He was arguably the best player on the park and helped end Chelsea’s unbeaten run.”


Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“Espanyol took the lead in Barcelona’s derby and the 5-1 victory for Luis Enrique’s men has a lot to do with the Argentinian genius (Lionel Messi).”


Ubiratan Leal, trivela.com, Brazil

“I am always impressed by how solid Chelsea has been this season. I can’t help myself but recognize the value of the first team to beat them (Newcastle).”


Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

“Barcelona delivered in a big way in their derby against Espanyol just days after their second-string line-up had a comprehensive win in the Copa del Rey.”


Manos Staramopoulos, Dimocratia, Greece

“Both great aces (Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo) scored three goals. Ronaldo led Real (Madrid) to the 18th consecutive victory in all competitions, equaling the record of Barcelona in the 2005-06 season.”


Shinatro Kano, Kyodo News, Japan

“Ronaldo has been the definition of unstoppable. What more can you say when he has 10 more goals than Messi and his team has won 18 in a row - all before the midpoint of the season.”


Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

“Barcelona was the Barcelona it used to be. The return of Messi at his level but also Xavi (Hernandez) showed in the intensity of their football and nearly 130 successful passes (by Xavi) is an example of this.”


Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland

“Lionel Messi became La Liga’s all-time top scorer with a hat trick earlier this season. On Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo scored three times to become the player with the most trebles to his name in Spanish football. Anything you can do …”

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