Quotes from this week's AP Global Football 10 voters
Mar. 10, 2015
LONDON (AP) — Quotes from voters in this week's Associated Press Global Football 10:
Mike McGrath, The Sun, England
"Another week and another record - this time most hat tricks for a Spanish club - for Lionel Messi. And Barcelona are back at the top of the table, so it's no surprise they dominate the poll."
Manos Staramopoulos, Dimocratia, Greece
"The magician Lionel Messi took Barcelona back to the top of the standings of the Spanish league. They crushed Rayo Vallecano 6-1 and Messi got his 32nd career hat trick."
Shintaro Kano, Kyodo news agency, Japan
"24th career hat trick in La Liga, sixth of the season. Not sure how anyone can say Leo Messi isn't the player he used to be."
Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia
"The Catalan giants are hitting form at the right end of the season, scoring nine goals in cup and league matches in what was a super week for the Messi-inspired team."
Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's fitting for Messi to be on top after he records his record-setting 24th La Liga hat trick. (It's also fitting for him to be on top after Barcelona gets back into the top spot on my ballot.) But he got some good competition from teammate Luis Suarez, who spread his goal-scoring over two games."
Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy
"Arjen Robben hasn't scored in Hannover but he celebrated his 100th victory with Bayern Munich. That's amazing if you think he only needed 126 games to get this impressive record which includes 72 goals and 44 assists."
Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland
"Lionel Messi continues to set new records - his latest coming with a 24th hat trick in Spanish football. It seems possible that the Argentine missed his initial penalty on Sunday on purpose just to make it a challenge."
Federico Giammaria, La Voz, Argentina
"We must talk about Jonas Gutierrez. The Argentinian returned to play in the Premier League (for Newcastle) after beating cancer. An example of life."