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Barcelona’s Passing Nears Perfection, Bests Brazil Soccer Team

Barcelona’s team including Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez completed 90 percent of its passes in the Champions League this season, besting international soccer sides including Brazil, statistics show.

Barcelona’s rate in its first five group matches was 11 percentage points better than that of Brazil’s when the country won the Confederations Cup in June, according to data from Nice, France-based Sport Universal Process and world ruling body FIFA. Barcelona is playing Dynamo Kiev in its last group game tonight.