Posted January 08, 2013 on AP on Fox
It took something very special to topple Lionel Messi from his position on top of the first AP Global Football rankings survey of 2013, and Edinson Cavani's perfect hat trick for Napoli did it. Left foot, right foot and header, three goals from the Uruguayan that pushed the Serie A team to a 4-1 victory over Roma and into third place in the league. ''Cavani's perfect hat trick against Roma served only to heighten the speculation of a possible January move away from Napoli,'' panelist Will Tidey of the San Francisco-based Bleacher Report said. Messi, who slipped from the leading position he has held since the AP rankings were launched in October, ended up sixth after managing only one goal in Barcelona's 4-0 victory over the weekend. The record-breaking Argentina forward did manage to pick up FIFA's Ballon d'Or on Monday night. ''Edinson Cavani - with a hat trick in the key match of Serie A - deserves the title of big gun of the week,'' Paolo Condo of Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport...
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