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3 stats that prove Lionel Messi is the Free Kick king at the moment

  • Here are 3 stats that prove Lionel Messi is the undisputed free kick king in world football at the moment
Jidonu Mauyon
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 15:37 IST

Barcelona v Leganes - La Liga
Lionel Messi has been scoring free kicks for fun this season

Lionel Messi has been entertaining the football world with his incredible ability for a long time. The Argentine is definitely one of the greatest players the sport has ever seen.

Ever since he broke onto the stage in 2005, the player has never ceased to impress football fans for a single moment. His fantastic footballing ability has captured the hearts of not only his supporters but also his fellow footballers as well.

Messi has been a specialist at so many things for the past few years. This season, the 5-time Ballon d'Or winner has taken the world by storm with his amazing free kicks.

He has been at the top of his game in taking free-kicks since the beginning of the season, and the numbers prove the same. In fact, the Barcelona legend has excelled in scoring from free kicks and by doing so, has raised himself to another level.

Therefore, let us quickly look at 3 stats that prove the Argentine is currently the king of free kicks.

#3 Most Free Kick Goals

Barcelona v Valencia - La Liga
Messi has scored more free-kicks than any other player this season

Lionel Messi has been so brilliant with his free kicks this season. In fact, the playmaker has been troubling opposition goalkeepers with his amazing delivery of the ball. Defenders are becoming more careful against Barcelona because of the threat that he possess .

It is true that Messi can be very dangerous from any angle, with his shots always destined to wreak havoc, but the danger from free-kicks has multiplied this season.

The Argentine has scored 7 direct free-kicks this season in all competitions, more than any other player in Europe's top-5 leagues.


His first victim this term was Greek side Olympiakos. Messi curled home a free-kick which the goalkeeper touched but could not keep out during their Champions League encounter.

He scored another one against Real Sociedad with a fantastic effort from long distance in the 85th minute. 

Ever since then, the Argentine has been going from strength to strength, with the likes of Las Palmas, Atletico Madrid and Leganes all tasting his wrath. His closest rivals are Neymar and Kevin De Bruyne who have scored 4 and 3 goals respectively.

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