The Argentine has scored 29 goals in the European competition.
Messi, despite his sublime display, was humble after the match: “The most important thing is that we won, that’s what we wanted”.
Here are some interesting facts and stats about Leo Messi in international competitions:
- Messi is the first player in the history of the UEFA Champions League to score five goals in one game
- He’s the first player in the history of the European Cup (in all formats) to score five goals at this stage of the competition
- The Argentine has scored 12 goals in this edition of the Champions League, the same amount that he scored last season (he was the tournaments highest goal scorer)
- It’s been a year (March 8th, against Arsenal) since Messi has scored at the Camp Nou in the Champions League
- Messi is the second Barça player in the history of the Club to score five goals in a single European match (Zaldúa did it on October 6th, 1965)
- With his five goals, Messi is only seven away from being the Club’s all-time highest scorer (235)
- He’s the first player to ever score five goals in the Champions League for a team that plays in the Spanish League
- Messi is the 11th player to score five goals in a Champions League match (the last plaeyr to do it was Lerby, with Ajaz, in 1979 against Omonia)
- Messi’s 49 goals in the competition see him level with Alfredo Di Stefano as the sixth highest goal scorer in the history of the competition
- Of his 49 goals in the Champions League, 25 were scored at the Camp Nou, and 22 away from home; 2 of them were scored in finals
- He’s scored 54 goals in international competitions: 49 in the Champions League, 4 in the Club World Cup and 1 in the European Super Cup. (via FCBarcelona.com)