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Neymar Breaks Champions League Assists Record for a Single Season

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2017

BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 19:  Neymar JR of Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Malaga CF at Camp Nou stadium on November 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Barcelona star Neymar broke the record for most UEFA Champions League assists in a single campaign as he set up Sergi Roberto's dramatic late goal during the Blaugrana's incredible 6-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

He equalled the record of seven assists—based on Opta stats stretching back to 2003-04—held by former Barca team-mate Xavi, Mesut Ozil and Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he set up his seventh goal of the 2016-17 season against Celtic in November.

But with his assist for Barca's sixth goal against PSG, the 25-year-old now stands alone as the tournament's most prolific creator in one term, per Squawka Football:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Neymar has 8 assists in the Champions League this season; at least 3 more than any other player in the competition. Stepped it up a level. https://t.co/M7FsPXfMmU

It's an assist that'll be remembered for many years, as Barcelona somehow recovered from a 4-0 disadvantage from the first leg to progress 6-5 on aggregate. They scored three times in the final three minutes, with Neymar's quickfire brace and pinpoint pass to Roberto culminating in one of the sport's most dramatic moments.

Roberto fired Barcelona into the last eight after Neymar's wonderful pass.
Roberto fired Barcelona into the last eight after Neymar's wonderful pass.VI-Images/Getty Images

Neymar has reached his tally in just seven games this season and could well add to his tally with Barca still having at least two more matches to play in the 2016-17 Champions League.

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The Brazil international has looked on course to surpass the previous record since he set up four of Barca's goals in their 7-0 drubbing of Celtic at the Camp Nou in their first group game of the current campaign. He also scored once in that match.

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Stunning @neymarjr assist! Clinical Messi finish! @FCBarcelona at their best. 👌 #UCL #CELFCB https://t.co/7C3bGijYJL

Neymar then subsequently provided for Arda Turan as he opened the scoring for Barca in September's 2-1 away win against Borussia Monchengladbach and assisted Lionel Messi as Barca were then downed 3-1 by Manchester City in Group C.

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