Posted: Wednesday March 7, 2012 4:54PM ; Updated: Wednesday March 7, 2012 5:47PM

Lionel Messi becomes first player with 5 goals in Champions League

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Lionel Messi is the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match

Defending champion Barcelona defeated Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 on Wednesday

Messi has scored 48 goals for Barcelona this season, 12 in the Champions League

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Lionel Messi scored in the 25th, 42nd, 49th, 58th and 84th minute of Barcelona's rout of Bayer Leverkusen.
Lionel Messi scored in the 25th, 42nd, 49th, 58th and 84th minute of Barcelona's rout of Bayer Leverkusen.
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match, helping defending champion Barcelona crush Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals with a 10-2 aggregate win.

The three-time FIFA player of the year scored in the 25th, 42nd and 49th minutes for a 3-0 lead and his 17th career hat trick for Barcelona, then added goals in the 58th and 84th minutes for the first five-goal game of his career. The last time a player scored five goals in European soccer's top club competition had been when Ajax's Soren Lerby did it against Omonia in the old Champion Clubs' Cup in 1979-80.

Messi has 48 goals for Barcelona this season, including 12 in the Champions League. He increased his Champions League career total to 49.

Just 24 years old, he has 228 goals for Barcelona and is seven from tying Cesar Rodriguez for the club's career scoring record. Messi has seven hat tricks this season.

Substitute Cristian Tello added a pair of goals for Barcelona.

The night's other game, between Cyprus' APOEL Nicosia and Lyon, went into overtime. APOEL led 1-0 after regulation, leaving the aggregate in the total-goals series tied 1-1.

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