• FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, second left, celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Rayo Vallecano at the Teresa Rivero stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.

     Lionel Messi is the best soccer player in the world and his Barcelona team is the top-rated club, according to the inaugural AP Global Soccer 10 rankings released Tuesday by The Associated Press.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 1:30 PM EST
  • FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina dules for the ball next to RCD Mallorca's Pep Lluís Martí, left, and Joaquín Navarro Ximo, right, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match in Mallorca, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

    After breaking a 54-year-old goal-scoring record set by Pele, Lionel Messi has returned to the top of the AP Global 10 soccer rankings. 

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 3:00 PM EST
  • Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham of England looks up at the crowd while playing against San Jose Earthquakes during the first half of their MLS playoff soccer match in Carson, Calif. Football Federation Australia says it has received an approach by an agent representing the management of former England captain David Beckham to play some matches with an A-League team this season.

    Beckham and the Galaxy announced the English midfielder's decision Monday, a day after the defending MLS champions advanced to their second straight league final. Los Angeles faces Houston for the MLS title on Dec. 1.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 4:00 AM EST
  • Chelsea' coach Roberto Di Matteo walks on the pitch during the Champions League, Group E, soccer match between Juventus and Chelsea at the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.

    Roberto Di Matteo's reign as Chelsea manager came to a sudden end Wednesday when he was fired only six months after guiding the club to an unlikely Champions League title.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 6:30 AM EST
  • United States forward Abby Wambach holds her leg after she was fouled during the first half of an exhibition soccer match against Ireland in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

    Alex Morgan scored three first-half goals and the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women's national team defeated Ireland 5-0 on Wednesday night, the latest match in an exhibition tour for fans following the London Games.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 7:00 PM EST