Cristiano Ronaldo topples Lionel Messi to claim top spot in AP rankings

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Cristiano Ronaldo has moved back to the top of the AP global soccer rankings, beating fierce rival Lionel Messi into second.

The Portuguese winger struck twice for Real Madrid in a 2-1 win against Celta Vigo, adding to his vital goal in the 2-1 win against Manchester United in the Champions League.

Ronaldo’s performances helped him earn 153 of the 160 points available from journalists based around the world – a mark well clear of Messi’s 82.

The Argentine playmaker struck in the 88th minute for Barcelona in their 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna, with the La Liga leaders still well clear of their great rivals.

However, the importance of the goals from each player weren’t lost on the voting panel, whilst Manchester City star Carlos Tevez came third following his hat-trick in the FA Cup sixth round win over Barnsley.

In the team rankings, it was another victory for Jose Mourinho, who has recently masterminded two wins over Barca, one over Manchester United and the latest against Celta Vigo.

Whilst the future appears unclear for ‘the special one’ at the Santiago Bernabeu, he’s certainly masterminded a fine run of form in recent weeks.

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