Barcelona, Messi plunge out of AP Top 10 rankings

January 22, 2013 - 11:33 AM
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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal celebrates after scoring against Valencia during their La Liga soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

LONDON (AP) — Lionel Messi and Barcelona have fallen from the top of the Associated Press Global Football Rankings this week, replaced by rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid.

Messi dropped to fifth place Tuesday and Barcelona out of the list altogether after a 3-2 loss to Real Sociedad, the team's first league defeat of the season.

Ronaldo was masterful in Madrid's 5-0 rout of a powerful Valencia team that is still in the Champions League. He scored twice and was influential in the other goals.

Ronaldo earned 115 points in the vote by the 15-member panel, which awards 10 points for its top player and team in the separate polls. Real Madrid teammate Angel di Maria made his first appearance in the top 10, in sixth position.