Angel Di Maria and Chelsea lead the AP Global Football 10
LONDON (AP) — Angel Di Maria led the way in the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after scoring twice to propel Paris Saint-Germain past Angers 5-1 at the weekend.
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, who was also runner-up last week, was beaten to the summit of the player vote by Di Maria’s stunning performance for the runaway leader in Ligue 1.
“Angers had only conceded 13 goals in 21 league matches (before facing PSG),” Jonathan Johnson of beIN Sports USA in France said. “However, after 90 minutes in Paris, they had shipped five to an Angel Di Maria-inspired PSG.”
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was third after a double helped his team beat Hamburg 2-1.
Roberto Firmino was fourth, after also notching two goals in Liverpool’s entertaining 5-4 victory against Norwich in the Premier League in Saturday.
“For the unexpected, nothing may have topped Liverpool’s wild win over Norwich, in which Roberto Firmino had two goals and an assist,” Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in the United States said.
Diego Costa was fifth after scoring the only goal in Chelsea’s win against Arsenal.
Sergio Aguero, Aritz Aduriz, Alexander Meier, Antonio Sanabria, and Lionel Messi rounded out the top 10 players of the week.
Chelsea topped the team vote after beating London rival Arsenal 1-0 in the Premier League, with Costa’s strike the difference.
PSG was second for its emphatic weekend triumph.
Juventus polled third for winning its 11th straight match in Serie A against Roma, having also defeated Lazio to reach the Italian Cup semifinals last week.
“Juventus maintained their push for a fifth successive Scudetto with victory against Roma, having beaten Lazio, in midweek to reach the Coppa Italia semifinal,” Umaid Wasim of Dawn newspaper in Pakistan said.
Napoli was fourth after defeating Sampdoria 4-2 kept it at the top of the Italian league.
Leicester ranked fifth after beating Stoke 3-0 to move three points clear atop the Premier League.
Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham rounded out the top 10 teams.
AP Global Football 10
1. Angel Di Maria, 85 points.
2. Paulo Dybala, 68.
3. Robert Lewandowski, 64.
4. Roberto Firmino, 63.
5. Diego Costa, 56.
6. Sergio Aguero, 50.
7. Aritz Aduriz, 41.
8. Alexander Meier, 40.
9. Antonio Sanabria, 39.
10. Lionel Messi, 32.
1. Chelsea, 94.
2. Paris Saint-Germain, 82.
3. Juventus, 64.
4. Napoli, 63.
5. Leicester, 62.
6. Borussia Dortmund, 59.
7. Barcelona, 48.
8. Liverpool, 44.
9. Southampton, 32.
10. Tottenham, 29.