August 21, 2014
PARIS (AP) - It takes something extra special to dethrone Lionel Messi.
That's exactly what Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro did by scoring four goals in a 9-2 rout of Hamburg to knock the Barcelona star into second place in the latest Associated Press global soccer rankings.
The Peruvian striker hadn't scored a league goal since the final day of last season, making his achievement even more spectacular.
Cedric Rouquette of Eurosport in France calls Pizarro "the symbol of a team, which totally dominated its subject."
Pizarro collected 133 points to Messi's 99. Dutch winger Arjen Robben pulled in 71 points to move into third by contributing two goals - one a sublime chip from the edge of the penalty area - as Bayern beat Hamburg.