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Messi edges Falcao at top of AP soccer rankings

Updated: December 11, 2012, 11:14 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Lionel Messi narrowly stayed on top of AP's Global Soccer Rankings this week despite breaking the record for goals in a calendar year. The Barcelona great finished one point ahead of Spanish league rival Radamel Falcao, who scored five goals for Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona lost its top spot in the team rankings to Manchester United, which beat Manchester City 3-2 to stay in first place in the Premier League.

Messi received 170 points from 18 voters, with Falcao at 169. Wayne ...

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