The Champions League: Leo Messi and Barcelona wary of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Messi missed Lionel Messi as Barcelona emerged victorious from a thrilling Champions League group stage draw at Paris St-Germain.

In Madrid on Thursday, PSG could have faced Messi and two-time La Liga champions Barca in their last-16 match.

However, the French side ended up facing Bayern Munich and Manchester City, who could also meet in the last 16.

Messi, 31, later said: “It’s the perfect game for me – to win here again.

“It will be like a final.”

He added: “We are aware of this but we must avoid thinking about it. We will do our job and compete with the best.”

Messi, who is set to become the highest-paid player in history when his deal with Barcelona expires in June, will return to the Nou Camp as a Real Madrid player in 2019.

The Argentina international scored only two Champions League goals in 2016-17, his lowest tally since 2009-10.

Messi said: “Of course the competition helps me to perform better. These are important matches.”

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