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Barcelona coach Guardiola: 5-goal Messi stands alone as greatest on planet

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says Lionel Messi stands alongside the game's greats.

Messi struck five goals in their 7-1 Champions League rout of Bayer Leverkusen last night.

"The circumstances don't matter, he competes against himself. We only try to provide the conditions so that he can receive [the ball] as many times as possible where he feels comfortable [on the pitch]," said Guardiola.

"It's not easy to score five goals in a game. We are very fortunate to have a player like this, we can only enjoy him and this team.

"The throne is his, only he will decide when to leave it."

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