Messi with a record of five-goals in a Champions League match helped Barcelona crush Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 on Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals with a 10-2 aggregate win.
The Argentine World Player of the Year became the first player to score five in a Champions League match and he now has 12 goals from seven Champions League matches this season.
He scored in the 25th, 42nd and 49th minutes for a 3-0 lead and his 17th career hat trick for Barcelona.
He scored two more goals in the 58th and 84th minutes for the first five-goal game of his professional career.
Messi’s fifth was on a curling left-footed shot from 19 yards.
He has 48 goals for Barcelona this season, including 12 in the Champions League.
He was the first player to score four goals against Arsenal in the Champions League two years ago. Messi, however, has seven hat tricks this season.