- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

LONDON (AP) - Barcelona and Luis Suarez reclaimed leading honors in the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after an emphatic 6-1 win over Celta Vigo in the Spanish League.

Suarez propelled Barcelona to victory at the weekend with a hat trick, which was sealed with a close range finish after Lionel Messi passed his penalty forward for his teammate to run on to instead of shooting.

“Luis Suarez had a hand in five of Barcelona’s six goals last Sunday, scoring three himself and providing two assists as Celta Vigo were thrashed,” Jonathan Johnson of beIN Sports USA, in France, said. “His insatiable form continues and he now leads the scoring charts in La Liga with 23 goals, only one of those was a penalty.”

Messi is runner-up to Suarez in the player vote after scoring once in the victory, as well as providing the inventive assist for Suarez.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid takes third after scoring a double to guide his team to a 4-2 victory at home to Athletic Bilbao.

Robert Lewandowski is fourth after notching four goals across two games in a week for Bayern Munich, leading the team to wins in the German Cup and Bundesliga.

“Four goals in two matches from Robert Lewandowski were crucial as Bayern Munich continued their ongoing march to the Bundesliga title,” Marco Monteverde of News Corp. Australia said.

Christian Eriksen, Danny Welbeck, Pedro Rodriguez, Philippe Coutinho, Andre Barzagli and Juan Cuadrado round out the top 10 players this week.

Arsenal polled second to Barcelona in the team vote after securing a dramatic 2-1 win against Premier League title rival and current leader, Leicester, the team which also won last week’s poll.

Juventus is third after defeating Napoli 1-0 to move first in the Serie A standings, extending its astounding winning run to 15 matches in Italy’s top tier.

“Juventus are showing it’s their winning mentality that makes them unstoppable - the mentality that saw them reach the Serie A summit remarkably for the first time this season with victory over previous leaders Napoli,’ Umaid Wasim of Dawn Newspaper in Pakistan said.

Tottenham enters this week’s poll in fourth after it also recorded a 2-1 victory against Manchester City in the other clash between two of the Premier League title hopefuls in England.

Bayern Munich is fifth after winning 3-1 away to Augsburg in the German Bundesliga and 3-0 at Bochum.

Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool, Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid complete the top 10 teams in this week’s vote.


This story has been corrected to show that Lionel Messi scored one goal against Celta Vigo, not two.

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