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Neymar set to smash one legend's Champions League record

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Neymar has been in superb form so far this season, and has been wreaking havoc with defences in the Champions League.

So much so that during this week's clash with Celtic, which ended in a 2-0 win, the Brazilian forward equalled a record set by a man regarded as a legend within the game.

When setting up Lionel Messi's goal against the Scottish giants, he set up his seventh goal of the tournament after five games, which is a record that puts him on par with former Barca legend Xavi.

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The 24-year-old does have Celtic to thank for this, too. Earlier in the campaign when they defeated Brendan Rodgers' men 7-0 at the Nou Camp Neymar recorded four assists in that one game alone.

However, while he is on course to break the record for most assists in one Champions League campaign, he will have to wait until after the group stage has concluded as he is suspended for Barca's final game against Borussia Monchengladbach after picking up his third yellow card against Celtic.

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Barcelona currently top their group with 12 points from their five games and have already secured their passage to the next round with a four point gap between themselves and Manchester City in second.

And while they won't NEED him, it will be a shame for the player to not be able to set a new record before the tournament progresses.

It's not hard to imagine that he will record another assist before the tournament ends, and if/when he does, he's overtake two more big names who also boast impressive records of their own.

The only other players to chalk up seven assists in the one Champions League season are Mesut Ozil and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ozil recorded his assists while at Real Madrid during the 2010-11 season, while Ibrahimovic, now at Manchester United, created his goals during his spell with Paris Saint-Germain in 2012-13.

Opta, who uncovered the stats, admitted that their own records only began in 2003-04.

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