Lionel Messi can break Cristiano Ronaldo record in Barcelona's last group game

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Lionel Messi produced another magical display in Barcelona's 2-0 win over Celtic, but that's hardly news anymore.

The Argentine scored a lovely volley from a perfectly-placed high ball from Neymar, before netting from the spot after Luis Suarez was brought down.

Even aside from the goals, he dazzled with several moments of individual brilliance to give Celtic a reminder of what the Champions League's all about.

It's great to see the 29-year-old in such good form, as things haven't always gone his way this year. Amidst Argentina's Copa America final defeat and their struggles in World Cup qualifying, he's been forced to watch Cristiano Ronaldo wallow in the glory of winning both the Champions League and the Euros.

However, it seems the tables could be about to turn. It might not be enough to prize the Ballon d'Or away from the dead cert Portuguese, but Messi could finally be given the chance to get one over on his old rival.

Marca have worked out that Messi is now just two goals away from CR7's record of 11 goals in the group stages. Just a reminder, there are only six games, so let's just take a moment to reflect what a ridiculous achievement that is.

Messi's moment 

If he's going to do it, the goals will have to come in the final outing before the knockout stages, a clash with Borussia Monchengladbach at the Nou Camp.

The Germans have shown they're no pushover, drawing 1-1 with Manchester City last night, but you can guarantee plenty of people will be putting money on Messi, especially now he's got an added incentive.

The rivalry between the two greatest players in the world might be overstated a little at times; they've both insisted they have no problem with one another, but there must be a tiny part of Messi who would love to go down in the history books at the Los Blancos' star's expense.

Who's the best in the world right now - Messi or Ronaldo? Have your say in the comments.

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