- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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


Manos Staramopoulos, Dimocratia, Greece

“Gareth Bale put in an excellent performance, scoring against Espanyol with a fantastic free kick. Real Madrid remained first in the Spanish league, leaving Barcelona behind with a difference of three points.”


Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

“The (Francesco Totti) selfie is a symbol of eternal love between the number 10 and the fans of Roma. One more chapter of his living legend.”


Mike McGrath, The Sun, England

“Barcelona put in a real team performance to defeat Atletico Madrid. Their big individuals delivered, but they did (it) as a collective.”


Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland

“The cameras inside Camp Nou captured Barcelona’s good side on Sunday night, their flashes illuminating the image of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, arms around one another as they cavorted in celebration of a third goal.”


Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

“After a tough time on and off the field, Barca needed to lift and they did in style by beating La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.”


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

“Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t have a goal or an assist in Real Madrid’s match, but his presence on the field sure seemed to make things right again.”


Ubiratan Leal, trivlea.com, Brazil

“Great teams know how to raise their level in important situations, and the match against Atletico de Madrid was very important for Barcelona.”


Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy

“On the eve of Golden Ball night, knowing that it would be Cristiano’s night, Leo Messi shocked everybody with an extra-large performance versus Atletico.”


Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, England

“Morgan Schneiderlin provided immense steel and solidity to inspire his side (Southampton) to a 1-0 win at Old Trafford (against Manchester United).”


Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“Francesco Totti scored an amazing double, led Roma to a thrilling comeback and also took time for a selfie while celebrating. At 38, he just can’t stop being at the center of the stage.”


Leonardo Bertozzi, ESPN, Brazil

“While the trendy Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain stumble in France, Lyon is confirmed as the championship’s surprise team. It can be the underdog in the race for the Ligue 1 title.”


Soren-Mikael Hansen, Politiken, Denmark

“Amazing Totti! He has vowed to break almost every record in Italian football and proved the ability to do so in the derby against Lazio.”


Shintaro Kano, Kyodo news agency, Japan

“Just when the world’s attention was about to focus on Ronaldo, Messi reminds them that he’s still around with what Barcelona were missing all of last season - a win over Atletico.”


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