Pizarro Dethrones Messi In AP Soccer Poll

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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.


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