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LONDON---The season s first Asso-
ciated Press global soccer poll has
Lionel Messi back at the top of the
The Barcelona forward scored two
goals in the 3-0 win over Elche, putting
him ahead of Bayern Munich striker
Arjen Robben and Manchester City
forward Stevan Jovetic.
"The big news of the week is in the
Camp Nou, where I have seen again a
sparkling Messi after one year at a lower
level," Paolo Condo of Italian sports
daily Gazzetta dello Sport said. "His
performance was the best of my first
City, the defending Premier League
champion, took the top spot in the
team vote after beating Liverpool 3-1
Bayer Leverkusen, which beat Borus-
sia Dortmund 2-0 in its season opener
in the Bundesliga, was second and
Barcelona was third.
Barcelona s victory was the first for
SAO PAULO---Ronaldinho could be
headed to Palmeiras, and the Brazilian
club was hoping to make the deal offi-
cial yesterday as part of its centennial
The 34-year-old Ronaldinho has
been without a club since leaving Atleti-
co Mineiro in July, and talks were under
way for him to sign with Palmeiras for
the remainder of the Brazilian league
The two-time FIFA world player of
the year has hinted he may join a Major
League Soccer team in 2015, but until
then his goal is to keep playing in Brazil.
Palmeiras, the Brazilian club with
the most national titles, celebrated its
100th anniversary yesterday.
This is the third time that Palmeiras
has been negotiating to sign Ronaldinho
since the player returned to Brazil in
2011 after a successful career in Europe
at clubs such as Barcelona and AC
Ronaldinho ended up joining Fla-
mengo after his return, and a year later
moved to Atletico Mineiro, which he
led to its first Copa Libertadores title
in 2013. That same year, Ronaldinho
also helped the club win the traditional
Minas Gerais state championship and
the Recopa Sudamericana. He scored
28 goals in nearly 90 matches with the
Ronaldinho didn t clearly explain why
he decided to end his stint with Atletico
Mineiro. Local media said he was
expected to join a club either in Asia
or in the Arab world, but no deal was
its attacking options by signing
Samuel Eto o on a two-year deal yes-
terday after the striker was released
by Premier League rival Chelsea.
The 33-year-old Cameroon inter-
national, who scored 12 goals in 35
matches in his only season at Chelsea,
is available to make his debut against
the west London club on Saturday.
"I was impressed about the hunger
he still has," Everton manager Roberto
Martinez said. "For someone who has
achieved nearly everything, he still has
the desire he had at 15 when he went
to Spain and showed what he could
do. For many reasons he has got a point
"We are very excited and I think
Everton is the perfect home for him.
The fans will make him ready and feel
sharp but we have got to be a bit patient
with the fitness levels and make sure
he is back to his best."
Eto o is joining an Everton side which
finished fifth in the Premier League
"I have been very impressed by the
style of play Everton adopt," Eto o said.
"I could see straight away that at this
club I will have the opportunity to play
Eto o signed hours after being
dropped as Cameroon s captain and
permanently replaced by midfielder
Eto o had already been left out of
coach Volker Finke s initial squad for
the final round of African Cup of
Nations qualifiers starting next month,
which could signal the end of his inter-
national career. (AP)
Everton signs Eto'o on 2-year deal
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, second right, reacts
after scoring against Elche during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at
the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday. AP PHOTO
coach Luis Enrique in his first league
game in charge. And it marked the
debut of 18-year-old Munir El Haddadi,
who also scored.
Robben scored the decisive goal as
Munich began its German league season
with a 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg, while
Jovetic netted twice for City against
"City won the first star match of the
season in the Premier League versus
their arch and unexpected rival in 2013-
2014," Cedric Rouquette of Eurosport
in France said. "All of us noticed that
the offensive power and technical abil-
ities of (Manuel) Pellegrini s team will
still be there this season."
Leverkusen got a goal after only nine
seconds from Karim Bellarabi, and a
second-half effort from Stefan
Kiessling. Bellarabi s goal is the fastest
in the Bundesliga s 52-season history,
and he is 10th in this week s poll, while
Kiessling is seventh.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored in Real
Madrid s 2-0 win over Cordoba on
Monday and is sixth, with his side
polling eighth. (AP)
Ronaldinho in talks
to join Palmeiras
1. Lionel Messi, 110 points.
2. Arjen Robben, 80.
3. Stevan Jovetic, 73.
4. Diego Costa, 58.
5. Erik Lamela, 45.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo, 40.
7. Stefan Kiessling, 39.
8. Nacer Chadli, 38.
9. Munir El Haddadi, 35.
10. Karim Bellarabi, 34.
1. Manchester City, 105 points.
2. Bayer Leverkusen, 98.
3. Barcelona, 87.
4. Tottenham, 76.
5. Atletico Madrid, 64.
6. Bayern Munich, 60.
7. Chelsea, 57.
8. Real Madrid, 46.
9. Swansea, 44.
10. Bordeaux, 33
Messi back to the top of poll
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