Chelsea, Samuel Eto'o top AP Global Soccer 10

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 10:36 am •  Published: January 21, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Samuel Eto'o took first place in this week's Associated Press global soccer poll after scoring a hat trick in Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Manchester United.

Eto'o received 190 of a possible 220 votes Tuesday from a panel of international soccer media.

"Samuel Eto'o turned back time and showed he can still be a force," Marco Monteverde of News Corp Australia said. "The win ... was a title statement that Arsenal and Manchester City must take notice of."

Real Madrid was second in the poll after thrashing Real Betis 5-0 in La Liga, where Madrid was only a point behind co-leaders Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, who could manage only draws over the weekend.

Juventus dropped from first to third in the poll but its relentless winning streak continues to impress the AP panel.

"The Italian league is becoming boring because of the incredible pace of this Juventus run," Paolo Condo of Gazzetta dello Sport said. "Now they are 18-1-1, for the first time in history."

Manchester City was fourth, Paris Saint-Germain fifth, and Premier League leader Arsenal sixth.

Ajax, the Eredivisie leader at ninth, appeared in the poll for only the second this season. The first was in early December.



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