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  • France's soccer team celebrate after defeating Ukraine during the World Cup qualifying playoff second-leg soccer match between France and Ukraine at Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. France beats Ukaine 3-0 in playoff second leg to qualify for World Cup.

    Greece, Ghana and Algeria also earned berths, and Mexico took a 5-1 lead into the second leg of its playoff against New Zealand.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 19, 2013, 11:04 PM EST
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  • Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, centre, keeps the ball from Manchester United's Chris Smalling during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Sept. 22, 2013.

    City received 157 points out of a possible 180 in the team vote to finish 20 points ahead of Napoli.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 24, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
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  • Espanyol players form a guard of honour to FC Barcelona prior to a Spanish La Liga soccer match at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Sunday, May 26, 2013.

    With 60 goals in all competitions, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi earned 66 votes more than Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo to top the season-end player rankings.

    LAST UPDATE : May 29, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT
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  • Messi, Ronaldo lead AP soccer rankings; FA Cup produces some unlikely team nominations

    Lionel Messi's four-goal burst ensured that he and Barcelona returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Soccer rankings this week.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 29, 2013, 10:39 AM EST
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  • Lionel Messi and Barcelona fell from the top of the Associated Press Global Football Rankings and were replaced by Real Madrid.

    Lionel Messi and Barcelona fell from the top of the Associated Press Global Football Rankings this week and were replaced by rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 22, 2013, 11:33 AM EST
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