Messi’s Magic with the ball worked again. Messi showed his skills with footwork, created magical moments, proved his scoring power yet again taking himself to another level on Wednesday. He became the first ever player to score five goals in a Campions League match. At the end of the game, its Barcelona thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 to enter into the quarterfinals with conviction.
The defending Champions Barcelona already leading 3-1 after the first Leg. Lionel Messi, the three-time World Player of the Year, got into the act to get the result in the team’s favour by scoring twice in the first half of the match. Messi did not stop there, his magic continued in the later half. He scored another 3 goals iin the second half. Substitute Player Cristian Tello scored another 2 goals in the match, taking the overall score to 7 goals to one and the team advanced 10-2 on aggregate.
Post match, Messi said, “I can’t remember the last time I scored five goals, so I’m very happy, It’s nice to score five goals.” Messi’s overall score card for Champions League reads 49 goals, and that puts him fourth along with Alfredo di Stefano on the all-time European Cup list. Now he is just 7 goals away to match Cesar Rodriguez’s all-time club record of 235 goals.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said, “He’s the best (ever), there is no other like him, the numbers speak for themselves. One day he’ll score six. We’re very fortunate to have Messi, so we have to take advantage of him.”
Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt said, “His class is just extraordinary, there’s no discussion. Without Messi, Barca is the best team and with him, they are in another galaxy.”
Going by Statistics, Messi became only the fourth player to score five goals in a European Cup match and first ever since the 1978-80 season. It was the first time in his career that he score 5 goals in any competition.
With the Wednesday’s result, there is no doubt that Barcelona is best poised to retain their title.