The 18-member panel selected Barcelona as the team of the week. Barca was 21 points ahead of Spanish rival Atletico Madrid. Manchester United was in third place after beating Chelsea 3-2 on Sunday in the Premier League.
Each panelist picks 10 teams and players, with 10 points for first place and one for 10th. The weekly survey includes journalists from Europe, South America, North America and Asia.
”It was an unforgettable week for Borussia Dortmund after a thrilling victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League, with Mario Gotze showing his talent at the highest level and capable of scoring in a Bundesliga 2-0 away win at Freiburg,” said Aurelio Capaldi, who works for Rai in Italy.
Gotze crept into 10th place in the poll, in which all are strikers or attacking midfielders.
Although the top 10 players were all based in Europe, James Porteous of the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post gave an honorable mention to China striker Gao Lin. The Guangzhou Evergrande forward scored a last-minute goal to help his team defend its Chinese league title, giving veteran coach Marcello Lippi his first club championship outside Italy.