Man City, Ronaldo top this week's AP football poll

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 6, 2014 at 10:43 am •  Published: May 6, 2014
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Manchester City has team of the week honors in the Associated Press Global Football 10, edging Real Madrid by two points after beating Everton 3-2 in the English Premier League.

But it was a Madrid-leading top 10 in the player poll, as Cristiano Ronaldo remained top for the second week running after taking his Champions League goal tally to a record 16, He also salvaged what could be a valuable point for his side in the Spanish league title race with a 90th-minute equalizer against Valencia.

"Real Madrid couldn't make the most of their home game against Valencia though Ronaldo's equalizer in injury time was simply wonderful," voter Aurelio Capaldi said of Ronaldo's back-heeled volley. "But the way they destroyed Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal was amazing."

Ronaldo's teammate, defender Sergio Ramos, was second after scoring three goals in two games, including a double in the 4-0 rout away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals. He received a point more than City striker Edin Dzeko, who scored twice in the win over Everton.

That result for City, coinciding with Liverpool's 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday, meant the Premier League title was City's to lose. City needs four points from its remaining two games to become champion.

"Two goals from Edin Dzeko have put Manchester City close to the title. It has been a great season for him after a difficult year under Mancini's tenure," panelist Alejandro Cisternas from Chile's El Mercurio said.

Atletico Madrid lost to Levante 2-0 but polled third for reaching the Champions League final with a 3-1 away win against Chelsea.

For winning a third straight Serie A, Juventus was fourth. Juventus received the title on Sunday, when Roma lost to Catania. Juve then celebrated at home on Monday with a 1-0 win over Atalanta.

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