Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid lead AP Global Football 10
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 16, 2015 10:07 AM
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Espanyol during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
JACK BEZANTS, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has topped the player vote in the Associated Press Global Football 10 for the first time this season after scoring five goals in a game for Real Madrid.
Ronaldo propelled Madrid to a 6-0 rout of Espanyol on Saturday and became his team's highest ever scorer in the Spanish league with 230 goals.
"Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals against Espanyol and rightfully deserves to enter the pantheon of Real Madrid's big scorers," Manos Staramopoulos of Demokratia in Greece said.
Steven Naismith, who scored a hat trick to lead Everton to a 3-1 win against Chelsea, is second and Lionel Messi is third for scoring Barcelona's winner in a 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid.
Messi was named on the substitutes' bench after the recent birth of his second son but came on for the last 30 minutes and completed Barcelona's comeback from a goal behind with a strike in the 77th minute.
"His entry improved the team and gave life to Barcelona," Tito Puccetti of ESPN in Argentina said. "It was a celebration for his new son, and for all of Barcelona."
Eintracht Frankfurt striker Alexander Meier is fourth after also scoring a treble to help his team to a 6-2 win over Cologne.
Neymar polled fifth, after his stunning free kick hauled Barcelona level against Atletico at the Vicente Calderon stadium.
Fredy Guarin, Riyad Mahrez, Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani and Dimitri Payet round out the top 10 players of the week.
Madrid takes team of the week honors for its huge win, edging fierce rival Barcelona.
Everton is third after its emphatic triumph against Premier League champion Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday.
"The latest team to humiliate Chelsea was Everton," Umaid Wasim of Dawn newspaper in Pakistan said. "It seemed unlikely when Steven Naismith came off the bench in the ninth minute but a resounding team performance and a superb hat trick from the Scot saw them heap more misery on the reigning Premier League champions."
Inter Milan is fourth after it beat fierce city rival AC Milan 1-0 in Serie A, with Guarin scoring the decisive goal in the 58th minute.
Manchester City polled fifth for continuing its perfect start to the season with a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.
City now has five wins from five so far in the Premier League and is yet to concede a goal.
Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Leicester and Marseille complete the top 10 teams of the week.
AP Global Football 10
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, 130 points.
2. Steven Naismith, 91.
3. Lionel Messi, 81.
4. Alexander Meier, 56.
5. Neymar, 50.
6. Fredy Guarin, 46.
7. Riyad Mahrez, 43.
8. Anthony Martial, 38.
9. Edinson Cavani, 30.
10. Dimitri Payet, 25.
1. Real Madrid, 105.
2. Barcelona, 99.
3. Everton, 67.
4. Inter Milan, 62.
5. Manchester City, 54.
6. Borussia Dortmund, 53.
7. Manchester United, 50.
8. Bayern Munich, 45.
9. Leicester, 37.
10. Marseille, 23.___This story has been corrected to show that Ronaldo has scored 230 goals.