Lionel Messi becomes first player to score five goals in single Champions League match

The Argentina international is celebrating a major milestone in his career after bagging five goals against Bayer Leverkusen in Uefa's premier club competition on Wednesday
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has become the first ever player to score five goals in a single Champions League match following Wednesday's 7-1 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen at Camp Nou.

Five goals from Messi, plus two from Tello, gave the Catalan club a 10-2 victory on aggregate after a 3-1 win in Leverkusen in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

The Argentina international had scored four goals against Arsenal in 2009-10, equalling the record of the likes of Marco van Basten and Simone Inzaghi, both of whom netted four times in a Champions League match.

Players with the highest number of goals in a single Champions League match:

Goals Player          
Country Date Match
Lionel Messi ARG March 7 2012
Bayer Leverkusen - Barcelona
Bafetimbi Gomis FRA
December 7 2011 Dinamo Zagreb - Lyon
Lionel Messi ARG April 6 2010 Barcelona - Arsenal
A. Shevchenko UKR November 23 2005
Fenerbahce - AC Milan
R. van Nistelrooy NED November 3 2004
Man. United - Sparta Praha
4 Dado Prso CRO
November 5 2003
Monaco - Deportivo la Coruna
Simone Inzaghi
March 14 2000
Lazio - Marseille
Marco van Basten NED November 25 1992 AC Milan - IFK Goteborg
Messi has now taken his tally to 12 goals in Europe this season, equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy's 2002-03 record for the most number of goals in a single edition of the Champions League.

The diminutive attacker, who is eight goals away from becoming Barcelona's all-time top scorer, is six goals ahead of Mario Gomez in the Champions League scoring charts.

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