Barca 7-1 Leverkusen

Messi hailed as 'greatest ever'

March 8, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff
A host of top players and pundits have hailed Barcelona star Lionel Messi as the greatest player of all-time after he became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League game in the 7-1 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen.

• Guardiola gushes over Messi

Messi, 24, has scored 288 goals in 311 games for Barcelona and the two-time FIFA Ballon D'Or winner bagged his eighth hat-trick of the season.

The Argentinian is now joint in sixth place with Alfredo ...

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