Back in Italy after a turbulent period in England, Mario Balotelli has been voted player of the week in the Associated Press global soccer rankings for scoring twice in his first game for AC Milan.
Balotelli was the clear winner with 181 points from AP's panel of 22 global soccer journalists, 64 points ahead of another player who moved in the January transfer window, Frenchman Moussa Sissoko, who scored twice on his debut for Newcastle against Chelsea.
Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich topped the team rankings as it continued to show total domination of the German league, with English Premier League leader Manchester United in second place.
Usual AP rankings leaders Barcelona and Lionel Messi were downgraded for average performances in Spain.
Will Tidey of the San Francisco-based Bleacher Report said no one should be surprised at Balotelli's performance.
''How predictable that the enigmatic Mario Balotelli should twice on his Milan debut put in a man-of-the-match performance and ...