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striker Marcus Rashford edged
Lionel Messi in the Associ-
ated Press Global Football
The 18-year-old for-
ward scored four goals in
his first two United games, leading
his side to a 5-1 win against Midtjylland
in the Europa League and 3-2 victory
over Arsenal in the Premier League.
"We risk creating a new hype but
this young man Marcus Rashford
could be the star of the future after
four goals in his first two games at
the highest level," Francois Colin of
De Standaard in Belgium said.
Messi, meanwhile, propelled
MADRID---Less than three months into his first
head-coaching job, Zinedine Zidane is already having
to defuse tensions at Real Madrid.
The coach yesterday tried to downplay an off-
the-field issue sparked by Cristiano Ronaldo, who
said after a weekend loss that the team would be
doing better if everyone else was at his level.
Zidane said Ronaldo addressed the squad this week
to explain his comments and show he was not min-
imizing his teammates talents. He assured the team
was behind the Portuguese striker.
"Cristiano has talked to me and he has talked to
everybody," the coach said. "The issue is in the past.
We all understand his importance and we are all with
him. The issue has been resolved."
Ronaldo made his comments after a 1-0 home loss
to Atletico Madrid on Saturday that dropped Real
Madrid 12 points behind Spanish league leader
Barcelona. Ronaldo said "if everyone was at my level,
perhaps we would be in first place."
After his words reverberated among football afi-
cionados, Ronaldo quickly tried to downplay them,
telling Spanish media he was talking about his "phys-
ical level" and the many injuries to his teammates.
He reportedly spoke to the other players in a team
meeting before practice Monday.
Barcelona to two victories, a 2-0 win at Arsenal in the
Champions League and a comeback 2-1 Spanish league
triumph against Sevilla.
Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero was third
for his penalty saves in a shootout in the League Cup
final win over Liverpool.
Antoine Griezmann took fourth after hitting the deci-
sive strike as Atletico Madrid beat fierce rivals Real
Madrid 1-0 at the Bernabeu to move four points clear
of Zinedine Zidane s team in Spain.
Robert Lewandowski scored in Bayern Munich s 2-
0 win against Wolfsburg at the weekend and was fifth
in the poll. Stephan El Shaarawy, Pierre Emerick-
Aubameyang, Yaya Toure, Sergei Darder and Hector
Moreno completed the top 10 players of the week.
Barcelona remained team of the week after its two
wins while City was runner-up after lifting silverware
at Wembley and defeating Dynamo Kiev 3-1 away in
the Champions League.
"Can Manuel Pellegrini guide City to three trophies
before his departure? City picked up one with the League
Cup final success over Liverpool and kept their Cham-
pions League campaign on track with a good away win
over Dynamo Kiev," Marco Monteverde of News Corp.
Atletico took third after defeating fierce rival Real 1-
0 in Spain on Saturday following a 0-0 draw at PSV
Eindhoven in the Champions League.
United was fourth after its Rashford-inspired victories
led it into the last 16 of the Europa League before dam-
aging rival Arsenal s Premier League title hopes with
the 3-2 triumph at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Rashford, runs to
scoring his sides
second goal of
the game during
Arsenal at Old
Zidane tries to defuse tensions
after Ronaldo's comments
Messi in AP Global 10
GLOBAL FOOTBALL 10
1. Marcus Rashford, 86
2. Lionel Messi, 81.
3. Willy Caballero, 69.
4. Antoine Griezmann, 61.
5. Robert Lewandowski, 53.
6. Stephan El Shaarawy, 52.
7. Pierre Emerick-
8. Yaya Toure, 36.
9. Sergei Darder, 32.
10. Hector Moreno, 27.
1. Barcelona, 81.
2. Manchester City, 70.
3. Atletico Madrid, 64.
4. Manchester United, 58.
5. Juventus, 55.
6. Lyon, 46.
7. Bayern Munich, 42.
8. Leicester, 40.
9. Tottenham, 31.
10. Borussia Dortmund, 30.
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