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Wayne Rooney has hailed Lionel Messi as “the best ever” as the Barcelona magician hit five past a stunned Bayer Leverkusen.

“Messi is a joke. For me the best ever” tweeted Manchester United and England star Rooney.

It was the first time the Argentine – who completed his eighth hat-trick of the season for club and country – has hit five in a match and the first time one player has scored so many in a single Champions League game.

ITV pundits Graeme Souness, Ruud Gullit and Terry Venables also agreed that Messi was world football’s best player of all time – at the age of just 24.

And England legend Gary Lineker added: “He plays a game with which we are not familiar.”

Liverpool hero Terry McDermott tweeted: “I played in a great LFC team of the late 70s and early 80s which ruled Europe but I must say I think this Barcelona team would batter us.”

The stars’ tributes to Messi kept on coming via the micro-blogging site:

Rio Ferdinand: “Messi doesn’t look interested tonight….!!”

Jack Wilshere: “Its a pleasure to watch this guy.”

Michael Owen: “Not old enough to see some of the greats but I can’t believe anyone can have played the game of football as well as Messi.”

Steven Pienaar: “Barca are out of this world. Messi best player in the world.”

Nicklas Bendtner: “Messi is too good to be real.”

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