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PARIS (AP) Paris Saint-Germain has even more reason to fear Barcelona star Lionel Messi when the teams meet in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Messi finds himself in an unusual position of being out-scored by a Barcelona teammate. But although he is getting fewer goals than Neymar, Messi's overall game continues to blossom and the 27-year-old is arguably even more dangerous than during his rampantly prolific heyday, when he netted 186 Barca goals from 2010-2013.
Barcelona has managed 18 goals in 7 games so far this season, with Messi involved in 14 of them as the chief supplier for Neymar. The Brazil striker grabbed his first Barca hat trick in Saturday's 6-0 rout of Malaga, with Messi scoring twice to reach 401 goals for club and country and also setting up two.