Messi back at top of AP rankings, Iniesta 3rd

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Barcelona\'s Lionel Messi from Argentina is congratulated by teammate Andres Iniesta, right, after scoring a goal against Levante during their la liga soccer match at the Ciutat Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.(AP Photo/ Alberto Saiz)


LONDON (AP) — Lionel Messi moved back to the top of the AP Global Soccer rankings, and Barcelona stayed No. 1 in the team poll after a 4-0 win over Levante in the Spanish league.

Messi earned 183 out of a possible 200 points from The Associated Press' panel of 20 global soccer journalists. Last week's winner, Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was second. Ibrahimovic topped the previous poll mainly for his four goals for Sweden against England.

Barcelona was voted the top club of the week after stretching its lead to three points over Atletico Madrid and 11 points over third-place Real Madrid.