Lionel Messi and the UEFA Champions League's Record-Breaking Players

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Lionel Messi and the UEFA Champions League's Record-Breaking Players
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Lionel Messi: UEFA Champions League Record-Breaker

Raul Gonzalez, Alfredo di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Francisco Gento, Gerd Muller, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Roy Makaay, Paolo Maldini, Patrick Kluivert, and of course, Lionel Messi.

These are some of the superstar players who have made European Cup/UEFA Champions League history.

Messi is the most recent, making history again just last night when he became the first player in the Champions-League era to score five goals in a single game, as his FC Barcelona side beat Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 at the Camp Nou.

But he's not the only one to score five goals in one match throughout the history of Europe's premier club competition.

Ove Olsson (Gothenburg), Bent Lofqvist (Boldklubben), Jose Altafini (AC Milan), Ray Crawford (Ipswich Town), Nikola Kotkov (Lokomotiv Sofia), Florian Albert (Ferencvaros), Paul van Himst (RSC Anderlecht), Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich), Claudio Sulser (Grasshoppers) and Soren Lerby (Ajax) all managed it in the European Cup.

In any case, that's not the only record Messi holds, nor is it the only record in the competition's history.

Read on to find out the records held by the names in the first paragraph (amongst others), and other records held by little Lionel, a player nestled deep in illustrious company.

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