Ronaldo, Bayern Munich top final AP soccer poll

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2014 at 10:05 am •  Published: May 27, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich won player and team honors Tuesday in the final AP soccer polls by The Associated Press.

Ronaldo enjoyed a prolific year in Spain and the Champions League. Votes were cast throughout the season and before Ronaldo helped Madrid win the Champions League, scoring a record 17th goal in the competition. He scored 31 in the Spanish league.

Bayern, despite failing to successfully defend its Champions League title, set a German league record of 53 games unbeaten in 2013-14. It became champions with seven games to spare and also won three other trophies in coach Pep Guardiola's first season.

The winners received the most votes in the weekly polls by an international soccer panel. Lionel Messi, last year's winner in the player vote, was second in this poll. Spanish champion Atletico Madrid was the team runner-up. Messi scored 28 league goals in 31 games. His Barcelona club was fourth.

Voter Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suspects Bayern's Champions League campaign fell apart because of its overwhelming domestic success.

"They are, very likely, the best team in Europe," Timmermann said. "But once they clinched the Bundesliga title, everything seemed to go on hold."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was third in the player vote. He had 30 league goals to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a second consecutive league title. PSG's 89 points set a French league record. The club was ninth in the team vote.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez was fourth among the players while his team finished eighth in the poll after its second-place finish in the Premier league.

Juventus was third after it setting an Italian league points record of 102 on its way to winning Serie A.

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