Time to talk about what can arguably be described as one of the most insane nights in the Champions League’s history, Messi scoring 5 goals in a game.
Lionel Messi is already one of the biggest legends of the game, he is considered by many as the best player in football history and one of his greatest nighest happened when he scored 5 goals in a single match seven years ago.
It was the Champions League’s Round of 16 during the 2011-12 season, one year after the Catalan club won their second competition under Pep Guardiola and during that magical year in which Messi scored a staggering 91 goals throughout 2012.
Messi had a magical night in which he played against Bayer Leverkusen to completely obliterate them, he was unplayable that evening and scored an unheard 5 goals in a single match during the 7-1 thrashing that his squad gave to the German squad.
Leo had already produced another magical Champions League night during the 2009-10 season against Arsenal, another match in which he scored four goals in a single game and people already expected him to produce something great for this series.
Messi was already having a perfect start of 2012, with a hat-trick for Argentine against Switzerland exactly a week before this match and one more goal against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon three days earlier.
— Liga de Campeones (@LigadeCampeones) March 7, 2019
But what the Argentine produced that evening was the stuff of legends, this was the same week that gave famous Argentine writer Hernan Casciari the inspiration to write one of the most memorable pieces about Messi that have ever been produced.
In his sort of tale of inspiration after such a massive week, Casciari compares Lionel Messi to his dog Totin because of how hard he lost his mind over the ball.
But as we kept listening to the piece that has been produced on Youtube along with a compilation of many of his skills, we realized that Lionel Messi has a unique relationship with the football that we have only seen once in before with Diego Maradona and today with Leo.
After the match against Bayer Leverkusen, even Pep Guardiola himself was lost for words for what he just witnessed.
Coincidentally, the Catalan manager was also present in another great night where a player scored five goals in a single match when Robert Lewandowski did it when he coached Bayern Munich later in his career.
But Pep knows that what Messi did seven years ago has no comparison, scoring five goals in the Bundesliga is one thing, but doing it in the Champions League is a whole different ball game.
📆 7 Years Ago Today:
🇦🇷 Lionel Messi scored 5 goals vs @Bayer04Fussball:
⏱ 25’: ⚽️
⏱ 42’: ⚽️
⏱ 49’: ⚽️
⏱ 58’: ⚽️
⏱ 84’: ⚽️
— SPORF (@Sporf) March 7, 2019
Guardiola himself revealed after this new milestone from Leo Messi that the star could score six goals in a single match if he wanted because he is that good, but we are already having our reservations on his attempt to predict something so bold.
As we keep waiting for Lionel Messi to possibly produce such a match in which he gets to surpass his own record of most goals scored in a single game, we can’t help but remember that the end is near.
Just last week as we saw Messi play the two consecutive El Clasico matches, we got a close-up from one of the cameramen and got to see Leo’s wrinkles that are a prelude of a retirement that the whole world will mourn.
Thinking about Lionel Messi hanging up his boots from the highest level of football is something we can already picture, that day will be closer to a wake than a celebration because that’s when we’ll realize how fortunate we were to live in the same era that Lionel Messi played football.
As Hernan Casciari said it, people from different generations will talk about living in the era of Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’, but we’ll say that we lived during the era of ‘Man Dog’ Lionel Messi.
Where were you seven years ago when Lionel Messi scored those five goals against Bayer Leverkusen? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.