- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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


Manos Staramopoulos, Dimocratia, Greece

“What else could the fans of Real Madrid have expected from the first game under the leadership of Zinedine Zidane? Probably nothing. Real Madrid crushed Deportivo La Coruna.”


Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

“Napoli are scoring goals for fun as they show they will be a resurgent Juventus’ main rival in the battle for the Scudetto.”


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

“You have to admire Messi’s sense of timing. In the two games prior to winning the Ballon d’Or, he scores five goals and two assists in two games. Not that there was any doubt, but he’s No. 1.”


Ubiratan Leal, trivela.com, Brazil

“Although we can not judge (Zindedine) Zidane’s capacity as coach based in one game, the 5-0 win was a very impressive result.”


Umaid Wasim, Dawn Newspaper, Pakistan

“Fans of Napoli are dreaming of reliving the Diego Maradona years. Successive wins in the week put Maurizio Sarri’s men top of the Serie A, making them ‘winter champions’ for the first time since 1990 - when Maradona led them to their last league title.”


Mike McGrath, The Sun, England

“Picking up the Ballon D’or for the fifth time confirms Lionel Messi as the best player on the planet.”


Jonathan Johnson, BeIN Sports USA, France

“On a weekend when Lionel Messi also scored a hat trick, Gareth Bale’s treble helped Real Madrid hand Zinedine Zidane a memorable debut as coach with a 5-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna.”


Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“About two months ago, Juventus looked desperate and out of the first 10 places in the Italian Serie A. Since the defeat against Sassuolo, they just can’t stop winning.”

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