Majestic Messi established a new Champions League record by scoring five goals in one of his most memorable displays for Barca.
With another mesmerizing performance, Messi helped defending champion Barcelona crush Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals with a 10-2 aggregate win.
“Without Messi, Barca is the best team,” Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt said. “And with him, they are in another galaxy.”
Barca, who are aiming to be the first team to win back-to-back Champions titles since AC Milan in 1990, have not been absent from the quarterfinals since 2007.