Posted: Tuesday January 15, 2013 9:28 AM

Messi, Barcelona soar in AP soccer rankings

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LONDON (AP) - Lionel Messi's domination of European soccer was clear in the Associated Press Global Soccer Rankings, while his team Barcelona stayed at the top of the poll.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was the only player to challenge Messi in the latest survey of the last week's games.

Panelist Will Tidey of the San Francisco-based Bleacher Report says "Lionel Messi, the little flea, just can't stop biting. Fresh from his Ballon d'Or coronation, Messi scored one and was involved in two others as Barcelona beat Malaga.''
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