By Kimie Bunyasaranand
October 30, 2012

Lionel Messi Argentine forward Lionel Messi was the AP's top rated soccer player, and his team, FC Barcelona, the number one club according to a panel of 18 international writers. (Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP)

The Associated Press released its first global soccer rankings on Tuesday, and Lionel Messi was the top rated player, and and his club, FC Barcelona, the number 1 team. The rankings took into account performances for the week ending Oct. 29.

The rankings are determined by a panel of 18 international writers. Each panelist chooses 10 teams and players; 10 points are awarded for each first-place vote and one point is awarded for a 10th-place vote. Messi received 140 points out of the possible 180, 29 points ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in second place. Messi scored two goals in Barcelona's 5-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

"Shame on Messi," said Filip Bondy, a panelist who writes for the New York Daily News. "He scored only twice. At this rate, he'll only be the best player in the world…forever."

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