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Messi back atop rankings

Originally Published: August 28, 2012
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Controversy struck the Cross-Sport Power Rankings this week, and it started right at the top. Some panelists wanted Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre -- who nearly hit for the cycle twice in a week -- installed as this week's winner. Others backed Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who powered his squad to wins over rival Real Madrid and Osasuna. Messi has five goals in three games this season.

In the end, Messi emerged victorious, returning to the top spot in the rankings for the first time ...

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