- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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


Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

“The Barcelona evolution has taken it from being attached to principles. Winning on the counterattack is no longer sacrilege. Without much art, Barcelona took the first step to match the glorious treble achieved with Pep Guardiola.”


Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

“Alvaro Morata didn’t let sentiment get in the way of doing his job for Juventus against Real Madrid and then backed it up a few days later to score the winner against Inter Milan.”


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

“Sometimes it’s not about quantity, but the time and the place for your goals. Yes, Cristiano Ronaldo had three goals and an assist against Espanyol, but what did it get him? Nothing that he really wanted. Alvaro Morata got Juventus into the Champions League final. That’s a good week.”


Manos Staramopoulos, Dimocratia, Greece

“Lionel Messi, the leading player in many of the last 20 years, scored the goal and led Barcelona to a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid and the conquest of this year’s Spanish league.”


Mike McGrath, The Sun, England

“It was fitting that Lionel Messi scored the winner (for Barcelona) against Atletico (Madrid). The best player scoring for the best team on the planet.


Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“Barcelona and Juventus are the current dominating forces in Europe: Lionel Messi deserves the top spot after scoring the goal which allowed the Catalan team to celebrate their fifth La Liga title in seven years. But it will be fascinating to see what happens in Berlin on June 6.”


Soren-Mikael Hansen, Politiken, Denmark

“Even though Alvaro Morata was the decider in tough challengers twice this week, Lionel Messi must top the players list once again after securing both a Champions League final and the national championship for his club. As a team, Juventus, however, performed above everybody else by handling the pressure in Madrid perfectly.”


Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England

“When Barcelona needed a goal to clinch the title, Lionel Messi stepped up once again. So, too, did Alvaro Morata, scorer of the decisive goal against his former club, Real Madrid, and the winner against Inter Milan. A word, too, for Sadio Mane, who scored the fastest hat trick in Premier League history against Aston Villa on Saturday.”

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