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Lionel Messi deflects credit

Updated: March 13, 2012, 11:46 AM ET
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BARCELONA, Spain -- On the verge of becoming Barcelona's all-time leading goal scorer, Lionel Messi says the club's recent run of success has more to do with coach Pep Guardiola's arrival than performances like his five-goal game last week.

Messi followed his five-goal outburst in the Champions League March 7 with two more strikes in Sunday's 2-0 victory at Racing Santander to move within five goals of matching the all-time club scoring record held by Cesar Rodriguez.

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