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

Written By Koka Albert on Thursday, March 8, 2012 | 2:43 AM

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

UEFA Champions League: FC Barcelona- Bayer Leverkusen: Lionel Messi; Michal Kadlec
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:

GoalsPlayer           CountryDateMatch
5Lionel Messi ARGMarch 7 2012Bayer Leverkusen - Barcelona
4Bafetimbi Gomis FRADecember 7 2011Dinamo Zagreb - Lyon
4Lionel Messi ARGApril 6 2010Barcelona - Arsenal
4A. Shevchenko UKRNovember 23 2005Fenerbahce - AC Milan
4R. van Nistelrooy NEDNovember 3 2004Man. United - Sparta Praha
4Dado Prso CRONovember 5 2003Monaco - Deportivo la Coruna
4Simone Inzaghi ITAMarch 14 2000Lazio - Marseille
4Marco van Basten NEDNovember 25 1992AC 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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