Marcus Rashford edges Lionel Messi in AP Global Football 10

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 02, 2016 01:30 PM
Marcus Rashford edges Lionel Messi in AP Global Football 10
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, celebrates after he sores the opening goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

JACK BEZANTS
Associated Press

 
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford edged Lionel Messi in the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old forward scored four goals in his first two United games, leading his side to a 5-1 win against Midtjylland in the Europa League and 3-2 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League.

"We risk creating a new hype but this young man Marcus Rashford could be the star of the future after four goals in his first two games at the highest level," Francois Colin of De Standaard in Belgium said.

Messi, meanwhile, propelled Barcelona to two victories, a 2-0 win at Arsenal in the Champions League and a comeback 2-1 Spanish league triumph against Sevilla.

Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero was third for his penalty saves in a shootout in the League Cup final win over Liverpool.

Antoine Griezmann took fourth after hitting the decisive strike as Atletico Madrid beat fierce rivals Real Madrid 1-0 at the Bernabeu to move four points clear of Zinedine Zidane's team in Spain.

Robert Lewandowski scored in Bayern Munich's 2-0 win against Wolfsburg at the weekend and was fifth in the poll.

Stephan El Shaarawy, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Yaya Toure, Sergei Darder and Hector Moreno completed the top 10 players of the week.

Barcelona remained team of the week after its two wins while City was runner-up after lifting silverware at Wembley and defeating Dynamo Kiev 3-1 away in the Champions League.

"Can Manuel Pellegrini guide City to three trophies before his departure? City picked up one with the League Cup final success over Liverpool and kept their Champions League campaign on track with a good away win over Dynamo Kiev," Marco Monteverde of News Corp. Australia said.

Atletico took third after defeating fierce rival Real 1-0 in Spain on Saturday following a 0-0 draw at PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.

United was fourth after its Rashford-inspired victories led it into the last 16 of the Europa League before damaging rival Arsenal's Premier League title hopes with the 3-2 triumph at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Serie A leader Juventus was fifth after beating Inter Milan 2-0 to move three points clear of Napoli atop the Italian league.

Lyon, Bayern Munich, Leicester, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund round out the top 10 teams.

Associated Press Global Football 10:

Players:

1.Marcus Rashford, 86 points.

2.Lionel Messi, 81.

3.Willy Caballero, 69.

4.Antoine Griezmann, 61.

5.Robert Lewandowski, 53.

6.Stephan El Shaarawy, 52.

7.Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, 47.

8.Yaya Toure, 36.

9.Sergei Darder, 32.

10.Hector Moreno, 27.

Teams:

1.Barcelona, 81.

2.Manchester City, 70.

3.Atletico Madrid, 64.

4.Manchester United, 58.

5.Juventus, 55.

6.Lyon, 46.

7.Bayern Munich, 42.

8.Leicester, 40.

9.Tottenham, 31.

10.Borussia Dortmund, 30.

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