- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LONDON (AP) - Barcelona striker Luis Suarez was first in the Associated Press Global Football 10 player vote on Tuesday, and his team was also at the top of the list.

Suarez inspired Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarterfinals at the Parc des Princes last week, getting the better of PSG defender David Luiz to score twice.

He then needed only 55 seconds to find the net when Barcelona beat Valencia 2-0 on Saturday, maintaining its place at the top of the Spanish league and its two-point advantage over Real Madrid.

“Another masterclass from Barcelona, this time in Paris Saint-Germain and an important win in La Liga,” Francois Colin of De Standaard in Belgium said. “David Luiz is still searching for Luis Suarez.”

Eden Hazard is second in the player poll after scoring the decisive goal in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United. And Lionel Messi is third after netting Barcelona’s second against Valencia, his 400th goal for the club.

“Messi created another historic moment at the weekend, arriving in the penalty area just in time to prod in the 400th goal of his Barcelona career,” Chris Tait of The Herald in Scotland said. “The Argentine then fell flat on his face while attempting to celebrate. Maybe he is human after all.”

FC Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma is fourth in the poll, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo in fifth. Antoine Griezmann, Javier Pastore, James Rodriguez, Alexis Sanchez and Gonzalo Higuain round out the top 10.

In the team poll, Chelsea is second to Barcelona after it beat United to move two wins away from reclaiming the Premier League title. Victory at Stamford Bridge was masterminded by a stubborn defensive setup from Jose Mourinho and the triumph ended United’s six-game winning win.

“The goal Eden Hazard scored against Manchester United allowed Chelsea to make the most of Mourinho’s winning strategy, which is driving the Blues very close to the domestic title,” Aurelio Capaldi of RAI Sport in Italy said.

Juventus is third after following up its 1-0 victory over Monaco in the Champions League by beating second-place Lazio 2-0 in Serie A, ending its run of eight straight wins.

Porto, which beat Bayern Munich and Academica de Coimbra, is fourth.

“The job’s not done yet, but Porto’s 3-1 Champions League first-leg win over European giants Bayern Munich was a fantastic effort,” Marco Monteverde of News Corp. Australia said. “Then they backed it up domestically to keep the pressure on first-placed Benfica.”

Madrid is fifth in the team poll, with Aston Villa, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and PSV Eindhoven completing the top 10.


AP Global Football 10:


1.Luis Suarez, 100 points.

2.Eden Hazard, 77.

3.Lionel Messi, 68.

4.Ricardo Quaresma, 52.

5.Cristiano Ronaldo, 50.

6.Antoine Griezmann, 47.

7.Javier Pastore, 40.

8.James Rodriguez, 31.

9.Alexis Sanchez, 24.

10.Gonzalo Higuain, 21.



1.Barcelona, 105 points.

2.Chelsea, 95.

3.Juventus, 85.

4.FC Porto, 69.

5.Real Madrid, 50.

6.Aston Villa, 45.

7.Napoli, 42.

8.Bayern Munich, 29.

9.Bayer Leverkusen, 26.

10.PSV Eindhoven, 25.

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