Pizarro dethrones Messi in AP soccer poll

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Bayern's Claudia Pizarro of Peru, left, and Hamburg's Heiko Westermann challenge for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV, in Munich, southern Germany, on Saturday, March 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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PARIS (AP) — It takes something extra special to dethrone Lionel Messi.

That's exactly what Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro did by scoring four goals in a 9-2 rout of Hamburg to knock the Barcelona star into second place in the latest Associated Press global soccer rankings.

The Peruvian striker hadn't scored a league goal since the final day of last season, making his achievement even more spectacular.

Cedric Rouquette of Eurosport in France calls Pizarro "the symbol of a team, which totally dominated its subject."

Pizarro collected 133 points to Messi's 99. Dutch winger Arjen Robben pulled in 71 points to move into third by contributing two goals — one a sublime chip from the edge of the penalty area — as Bayern beat Hamburg.

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