Barcelona made easy work of Leverkusen in the return leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 series, winning 7-1 (10-2 aggregate)—but it was another night to celebrate Lionel Messi, who became the first player to ever score five goals in one Champions League match and the 11th in the history of top-level European cup tournament competition.
We're often accused of Messi-fellation here, but it's tough not to admire performances like this. As usual, Messi's scores were the result of an elite team play framework by Barça, but there's no questioning that Messi's ridiculous skill at eluding defenders played a large part in his record-breaking performance today. It led the likes of Wayne Rooney himself to declare Messi the best ever. [Fox Soccer]