November 06, 2012

LONDON (AP) -- Inter Milan has replaced Barcelona at the head of the AP Global 10 football rankings after ending Juventus' 49-match unbeaten run.

Inter's Argentine striker Diego Milito, who scored twice in the 3-1 victory over Juventus, was voted player of the week by AP's panel of 20 international football writers, ousting Lionel Messi from the top of the players' rankings.

Barcelona was second in the team poll, closely followed by Bayern Munich and Manchester United, who are top of their respective leagues in Germany and England.

Inter scored an impressive 165 points out of a possible 200 in the latest poll, with Barcelona on 128 and Bayern Munich on 126. Manchester United had 118.

Each panelist picks 10 teams and players, with 10 points for first place and one for 10th. The weekly survey includes journalists from Europe, South America, North America and Asia.

Milito scored 132 points from the 20 writers, with Brazil's Neymar on 115, one ahead of Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie. Messi, who did not score at the weekend for Barca for a change, slipped to seventh in the rankings while Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo fell from second to 10th.

Everton's Belgian striker Marouanne Fellaini, who scored twice in his team's 2-2 draw with Fulham, entered the rankings for the first time at sixth.

Paolo Condo, football writer with Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport, said: "Inter was able to interrupt a line of 49 wins or draws of Juventus. Neymar scored three goals, and at the end of the match opponents' fans chanted his name.''

Julian Bennetts, of England's Hayters news agency, said: "Two goals to end Juventus' unbeaten run means that Diego Milito deserves the crown of best player this week.''

"Strikers win matches and Luis Suarez, Neymar and Roberto Soldado all proved their credentials once again,'' Bennetts added. "The most impressive result of the weekend by quite some distance was Inter Milan's 3-1 victory at Juventus. That ended the Old Lady's unbeaten run on 49 and was the cause for rightful celebration at the San Siro.''

Real Madrid slipped one place to sixth, replaced in fifth place by France's Saint-Etienne, thrust into the top 10 by a surprise 2-1 victory over French league leader Paris Saint- Germain.


AP Global Soccer Rankings for week ending Nov 4:


1. Diego Milito, 132 points.

2. Neymar, 115.

3. Robin van Persie, 114.

4. Luis Suarez, 59.

5. David Villa, 43.

6. Marouanne Fellaini 39.

6. Lionel Messi 39

8. Frank Ribery, 31.

9. Roberto Soldado, 28.

10. Cristiano Ronaldo, 26.


1. Inter Milan, 165 points.

2. Barcelona, 128.

3. Bayern Munich, 126.

4. Manchester United, 118.

5. Saint-Etienne, 68

6. Real Madrid, 63.

7. Valencia, 47.

8. Fiorentina, 34.

9. Bayer Leverkusen, 30.

10. Juventus, 25.

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