Magic Messi reigns supreme in Europe

Updated: March 7, 2012


Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League tie, with substitue Christian Tello scoring a brace as Barcelona crushed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 to reach the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Defending champions Barcelona won the last 16 tie against the German side 10-2 on aggregate.

Messi has been enjoying a purple patch in recent weeks, even by his lofty standards, and Wednesday’s goals took his tally to 14 in his last five matches for club and country.

He now has 12 in the Champions League in seven appearances this season and has netted an astonishing 30 goals in his last 25 games in Europe’s elite club competition.