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Quotes from voters in AP Global Football 10

LONDON (AP) — Quotes from voters in this week's global football 10:

Ubiratan Leal, trivela.com, Brazil

"The guy responsible for writing down the name of the champions in the Serie A trophy probably took the plaque and began the 'J,' just in case. Juventus beat Roma in a very convincing way, exposing to all Roma fans that the Turin team is some levels above all in Italy."

Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, United States

"Milan secured a much-needed win in Serie A thanks to Kaka's 100th and 101st goals for the club and a stunning strike by full debutant Bryan Cristante. Napoli, meanwhile, proved their attacking trident of Jose Callejon, Gonzalo Higuain and Dries Mertens is one of the best in world football."

Manos Staramopoulos, Eleftheros Typos, Greece

"Juventus beat AS Roma 3-0 and showed that this year it will be difficult to lose first place in Italy. In Spain, Barcelona won against Elche 4-0 with the Chilean, Alexis Sanchez, scoring three goals."

Richard Jolly, ESPN, United States

"No Lionel Messi, no Neymar and no problems for Barcelona as Alexis Sanchez scored a hat trick against Elche. The winger is Barcelona's unlikely top scorer in La Liga. It was a great weekend for Chile's finest players as Arturo Vidal showed why he may be the best midfielder in Italy by overpowering Roma."

Mark Rodden, Eurosport, France

"Arsenal showed great resolve to win an FA Cup derby game. Apart from the injury to Theo Walcott, it's been a great few weeks for the Gunners. They have answered a lot of critics by winning four tough games in a row over a hectic holiday period."

Soren-Mikael Hansen, Politiken, Denmark

"2014 had a great beginning for defenders. Both Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) and Daniel Agger (Liverpool) performed brilliantly and should be awarded rare top rankings ahead of the bunch of sharpshooters."

Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

"If there were any doubts Juventus were the team to beat in the Serie A, they were dispelled by their comprehensive win over the previously undefeated Roma."

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

"Wilfried Bony had a big week, with goals in a couple of games, including a dramatic game-winner in the 90th minute against Man United. If his two goals against Man City hadn't been in a 3-2 loss, it would have been exquisite."

Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England

"There should be mentions for Antoine Griezmann, who made it 12 goals in as many games for Real Sociedad, and Tomas Rosicky, who sprinted half the length of the field before scoring the decisive second goal in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Tottenham."

Alejandro Cisternas, El Mercurio, Chile

"Alexis Sanchez has silenced all his critics in Barcelona, and now is a key player for Gerardo Martino in the absence of Messi. In Italy, Kaka has reborn after struggling at Real Madrid. Dries Mertens gave Napoli an important victory."

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