Lionel Messi, the Argentina and Barcelona forward, has been winning awards and breaking records for fun in the last few seasons, and the 2011-12 season proved to be no different for this nimble-footed magician. Messi made UEFA Champions League history by becoming the first player to score five goals in one match as Barcelona thrashed German club Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 on March 7, 2012.
He also matched José Altafini's record of 14 goals in a single Champions League season. Messi also became the first player to top-score in four successive Champions League campaigns. On March 20 2012, Messi scored three goals against Granada CF, making him FC Barcelona's leading goalscorer in official competitions, surpassing club legend César Rodríguez, who had previously held the record with 232. If these records weren't enough, Messi also went on to set the world record for most goals scored in a season during the 2011-12 season, with 73 goals. In the same season, he set the current goalscoring record in a single La Liga season, scoring 50 goals.