- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

LONDON (AP) - Real Madrid returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after its “clasico” victory over Barcelona at the weekend.

Madrid took the honors after its 2-1 comeback win against its fierce rival at the Nou Camp, despite earlier being reduced to 10 men after a red card for Sergio Ramos.

“Some might say beating a main rival, possibly the best team in the world, away from home with 10 men in a match was the equivalent of a title for Real Madrid,” Ubiratan Leal of trivela.com in Brazil said. “Well, it’s not, especially for a glorious team like Madrid, but the way they defeated Barcelona is already in Spanish football lore.”

Its city rival Atletico Madrid is second for beating Real Betis 5-1 in the Spanish league.

Paris Saint-Germain took third place this week for its commanding 4-1 win against Nice in Ligue 1, while its next opponent in the Champions League quarterfinals, Manchester City, is fourth for winning 4-0 away at Bournemouth.

Premier League leader Leicester took fifth for cementing its place atop the standings with a 1-0 win at home to Southampton.

Roma, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Udinese round out the top 10 teams of the week.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the player vote after scoring a hat trick in PSG’s victory over Nice.

“It’s a good sign of the gap in French soccer that Ibrahimovic pretty much had his way against one of the next best teams in Ligue 1,” Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in the United States said. “He scored three and could have had more. Now comes the tough challenge for PSG, jumping from their dominance of domestic soccer to the cauldron of the Champions League.”

He edged Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the winning goal for Madrid against Barcelona.

Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann took third for scoring two goals in Atletico’s victory over Betis.

Leicester captain Wes Morgan is fourth, after the central defender scored his side’s winner against Southampton.

“Real Madrid must be top of the team poll for winning at Camp Nou with 10 men,” Mike McGrath of The Sun in England said. “But Wes Morgan’s winner needs to be recognized - he has been at the heart of one of the best stories in sport.”

Chelsea attacker Pedro Rodriguez is fifth for scoring twice in his team’s 4-0 victory away to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Suso, Thorgan Hazard, Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema and Javier Hernandez complete the top 10 players of the week.


Associated Press Global Football 10


1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 87 points.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo, 71.

3. Antoine Griezmann, 66.

4. Wes Morgan, 63.

5. Pedro Rodriguez, 52

6. Suso, 47.

7. Thorgan Hazard, 43.

8. Franck Ribery, 36.

9. Karim Benzema, 35.

10. Javier Hernandez, 29.


1. Real Madrid, 109.

2. Atletico Madrid, 76.

3. Paris Saint-Germain, 68.

4. Manchester City, 65.

5. Leicester, 55.

6. Roma, 50.

7. Borussia Moenchengladbach, 47.

8. Bayern Munich, 33.

9. Manchester United, 30.

10. Udinese, 27.

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