Quotes from voters in this week's Associated Press Global Football 10


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LONDON — Quotes from voters in this week's Associated Press Global Football 10:

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States

"When Lionel Messi sets a record, he does it with style, turning in his first hat trick of the season in the process. And by doing that, he put himself ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on my ballot."

Mike McGrath, The Sun, England

"Lionel Messi clearly deserves recognition... The only question is where he stands in the all-time greats."

Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England

"This could be a weekend that kickstarts the Louis van Gaal reign at Manchester United. A vital win at Arsenal and a game that vindicated the Dutchman's change in tactics ahead of the weekend."

Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

"Juventus smashed opponents Lazio with the security of their veteran goalkeeper (Gianluigi) Buffon, the great creation of (Andrea) Pirlo, (Paul) Pogba power and perfect understanding of the game from Carlos Tevez."

Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

"The Catalan giants Barcelona made light work of the usually competitive Seville with a superb attacking performance."

Leonardo Bertozzi, ESPN, Brazil

"Today there are no weaknesses in Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti is approaching the record for consecutive victories at the club."

Ubiratain Leal, trivela.com, Brazil

"Lionel Messi scored a hat trick against a very respectable side (Sevilla) and broke a historic record. The Argentine is so good that this kind of achievement is losing its impact."

James Porteous, South China Morning Post

"I've gone for Chelsea (for team of the week) as they recorded their best ever start to the Premier League in an unbeaten run that stretches back to April."

Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, England

"Juventus made a statement in beating Lazio in the Italian capital this weekend, demonstrating the gap still existent between the Old Lady and the league's emerging, better sides."

Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland

"Lionel Messi needed just one goal to equal the all-time scoring record in La Liga. He scored a hat trick to break it. He's just showing off now."

Manos Staramopoulos, Dimocratia, Greece

"Every record falls to Lionel Messi. Now he has broken the one by Athletic Bilbao attacker Telmo Zarra, which lasted 59 years and was at 251 goals."

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