Karim Benzema beats Cristiano Ronaldo to top AP Global Football 10, Real Madrid wins team vote

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Real Madrid's Pepe, second left, scores s goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)


Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, celebrates with teammate Isco after scoring during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul White)


LONDON — Karim Benzema beat Cristiano Ronaldo to take leading player honors in The Associated Press global football 10 on Tuesday, as Real Madrid was named team of the week.

Madrid followed a resounding 3-0 victory at Liverpool in the Champions League, its first triumph against the English club, with a 3-1 win over rival Barcelona in the first "clasico" match of the season.

Benzema scored twice against Liverpool and once against Barcelona to become player of the week. Ronaldo opened the scoring against Liverpool with a sublime finish and equalized from the penalty spot against Barcelona to begin Madrid's comeback.

"Real Madrid's heavy artillery shot down both Liverpool and Barcelona last week," voter Chris Tait of The Herald in Scotland said. "Their swift, brutal counter-attacks can be a joy to watch, if only for those of us who are not in the line of fire."

Bayern Munich is second to Madrid in the team vote. Borussia Moenchengladbach held the German champions to a goalless draw on Sunday, but Pep Guardiola's side thrashed Roma 7-1 away in the Champions League earlier in the week.

"I was very lucky to be in the Stadio Olimpico to see the beautiful performance of Munich against Roma and was then in Madrid to write about the clasico," Paolo Condo of Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy said. "Real and Bayern are top teams, and there were top individual performances from Arjen Robben, Benzema and Isco."

Robben scored twice in Munich's victory over Roma to poll third, while Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, who replaced the injured Gareth Bale for Madrid in both matches, polled ninth to become the third Madrid player in this week's top 10.

Robben's team-mate, Manuel Neuer, also makes the top 10 in eighth position after the Munich goalkeeper made two spectacular saves to deny Moenchengladbach from breaking the deadlock.

Chelsea's 6-0 dismantling of Maribor in the Champions League, followed by a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday saw the Premier League leader poll third.

West Ham is fourth after continuing its strong start to the Premier League with a surprise 2-1 win against Manchester City.

Carlos Eduardo of Nice has entered the poll a position behind Robben after scoring five goals in Nice's 7-2 rout of Guingamp in the French league. Panelist Marco Monteverde of News Corp Australia believes Eduardo is a worthy high entry.

"As ordinary as Guingamp are, Carlos Eduardo's five-goal effort in his side's 7-2 win should not be overlooked when assessing the week's performances," Moteverde said.

Surprisingly, Eduardo is not the only player to have scored five goals in a game in this week's top 10. Luiz Adriano, in seventh place, scored five as Shakhtar Donetsk won 7-0 against BATE Borisov in the Champions League.

Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain's two victories against Apoel Nicosia and Bordeaux saw it voted fifth, a place higher than Juventus, who beat Palermo 2-0 to extend its Serie A lead to three points ahead of Roma.

Arsenal is seventh this week after two wins against Anderlecht and Sunderland. Chile striker Alexis Sanchez, who scored both goals in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Sunderland, is fifth and has polled a place higher than Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli, who scored a hat trick in the 6-2 thrashing of Hellas Verona.

AP Global Football 10:

Players

1.Karim Benzema, 100 points.

2.Cristiano Ronaldo, 78.

3.Arjen Robben, 73.

4.Carlos Eduardo, 64.

5.Alexis Sanchez, 53.

6.Gonzalo Higuain, 51.

7.Luiz Adriano, 41.

8.Manuel Neuer, 38.

9.Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, 34.

10.Robin van Persie, 31.

Teams

1.Real Madrid, 158.

2.Bayern Munich, 95.

3.Chelsea, 75.

4.West Ham, 61.

5.Paris Saint-Germain, 59.

6.Juventus, 51.

7.Arsenal, 41.

8.Sevilla, 40.

9.Atletico Madrid, 35.

10.Southampton, 32.

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