LONDON (AP) — Sergio Aguero and Alberto Aquilani shared first place in this week's Associated Press global soccer poll, while Bayern Munich is back on top of the team rankings.
Aguero scored a late hat trick for Manchester City in its 4-2 win over Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday while Aquilani also had a hat trick for Fiorentina in a 3-3 tie with Genoa. Both received 111 votes in the player poll.
The Argentine forward was sidelined for a month with an injured calf and has six goals in four games since returning to Manuel Pellegrini's team.
"Some players take time to get back into their stride after being injured. Not Sergio Aguero," Richard Jolly of ESPN said. "Manuel Pellegrini believes only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are better footballers than his on-fire forward and, at times, you can see why."
Panel member Leonardo Bertozzi of ESPN Brazil believes Aquilani's performances will boost his chance of selection to Italy's World Cup roster.
"An unexpected hat trick from Aquilani made him the big name for Fiorentina. It's good for the midfielder, who hopes to join the Italian team that will be in Brazil in June," Bertozzi said.
Munich earned 133 votes after beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 to open a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga.
Mario Goetze opened the scoring after seven minutes and has been selected third with 71 votes.
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