Ronaldo tops AP soccer rankings, Barca top team
LONDON (AP) — Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has emerged from the shadow of Lionel Messi to top the latest Associated Press Global Soccer Rankings.
The Portuguese forward's hat trick against Sevilla was not enough to prevent Barcelona returning to the top of the AP's team rankings, with the Spanish league leader scoring six.
Soeren-Mikael Hansen of Denmark's Politiken newspaper said the hat trick was a message to Ronaldo's old team.
"Even though Barcelona performed best as a team, Cristiano Ronaldo must take the top spot individually," Hansen said. "Scoring three goals sent a serious warning to United."
Ronaldo, who faces Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday, received 183 points out of a possible 200 in the poll of 20 global soccer journalists.