Video: Messi scores 5 goals against Bayer Leverkusen
Until today, no one had ever scored more than four times in a Champions League game. Then Lionel Messi showed up.
The 24-year-old Barcelona forward became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match as he helped the Catalan giants demolish German club Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 Wednesday night to ease into the quarterfinals of Europe’s premier club competition with a 10-2 aggregate victory.
“The important thing is what the team did and that we qualified for the next round,” Messi said in a television interview after the triumph at Camp Nou. “It’s nice to score five but winning was the priority.”
The World Player of the Year scored in the 25th, 42nd and 49th minutes for a 3-0 lead and his 17th career hat trick for Barca, then added goals in the 58th and 84th minutes. It was the first time in his career that he achieved the feat in any competition.
Cesc Fabregas, Messi’s teammate, said “we have never seen anyone like him,” while Manchester United star Wayne Rooney took to Twitter to address the Argentine hitman as “the best ever”.