Barcelona, Messi stay top of AP global soccer poll

JACK BEZANTS (Associated Press)
The Associated Press
Barcelona, Messi stay top of AP global soccer poll
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Chelsea's Nemanja Matic leaps over Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Lionel Messi's hat trick in Barcelona's win against Real Madrid gave voters an easy choice in the individual and team categories for The Associated Press weekly soccer poll.

Messi received 206 points out of a possible 210 from the panel of 21 voters, while Barcelona got 202.

Chelsea was second after it routed London rival Arsenal 6-0 in Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge. Luis Suarez's hat trick in Liverpool's 6-3 win at Cardiff earned him runner-up in the player vote, with his team ranked third.