Barcelona prodigy Lionel Messi scores 5 goals in Champions League to make history
And the Argentine prodigy has stunned the world yet again. Lionel Messi has become the first player in history to score five goals in a Champions League game. The 24-year-old Barcelona forward scored a hat trick and a brace against the German side Bayer Leverkusen as the Catalans hammered them to a 7-1 defeat on Wednesday night.
The 10-2 win on aggregate has allowed Barcelona to advance to the quarterfinals of the coveted European competition. Messi went on a goal scoring spree against Leverkusen, demolishing their German defense with his lightening pace and clinical finishing.
As Messi ran around the pitch celebrating after each goal as the Camp Nou faithful marveled and worshiped the football God in their midst. Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola gave in a similar reaction to the fans after the game. The Spaniard was gushed with praise for Messi in his post match interview.
“Tonight we witnessed one of [Lionel] Messi's most special nights; watching it was like receiving a gift,” Guadiola said on Champions League official website, UEFA.com. “He deserves to be honoured right now because it's something really incredible that he is now just seven goals behind [Barcelona's all-time top scorer] Cesar - he's only 24.
“It's not easy to score five goals in a single game and that's coming from someone who scored 11 in his entire career. If he wants to, he'll score six one day. I have to also say that [Andres] Iniesta played magnificently too.
“We've reached the quarter-finals for the last five years now and that says something about the great stability here. This really is the most beautiful competition. The team we were facing tonight eliminated Valencia and only a few days ago beat Bayern Munich; that speaks volumes of our achievement.
“We have to thank all of the players and the staff at the club.”
Messi completed his 17th hat trick for Barcelona by scoring in the 25th, 42nd and 49th minute. The Argentina national then added two more goals in the 58th and 84th minute to complete the first five-goal-haul of his career.
The last time a player scored as many as five goals in the top tier of European football was when Soren Lerby of Ajax scored five goals against Omonia in the old Champion Clubs’ Cup during the 1979-80 season.
Messi now has 48 goals for Barcelona this season. He has scored 12 times already in the Champions League and by the looks of it; he plans to add a dozen more. Messi’s tally for Champions League goals has now reached a total of 49.