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Lionel Messi Has Scored More Goals From Outside The Box Than Every Other World Class Player

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Lionel Messi Has Scored More Goals From Outside The Box Than Every Other World Class Player

Lionel Messi has scored 42 goals from outside the box in the last five La Liga seasons and an incredible thread has detailed his best.


The Barcelona superstar is a goalscoring machine and 2021 has seen him score 19 times in just 19 games.

What makes him stand out to longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who has developed into more of a poach, is the distance he can strike from.


Since the beginning of 2016/2017, Messi's whopping 42 strikes are more than that Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne put together.

126 of Messi's goals in his glittering career have come from outside the box and each one makes for great viewing.


Twitter user @sultan16674072 has created an extensive thread for everyone to sit back and watch as a true master does his work.

The first goal comes against Villarreal and Messi casually sits down two defenders before rifling a low shot home.

Andres Fernandez remained rooted to the spot and couldn't do anything to prevent Messi.


That same season saw the six-time Ballon d'Or winner turn on the style against Betis and bag two from outside the box.

The first was a wicked curling effort that caught everybody off guard, while the second was another low drive.


A compilation of Messi goals from outside the box wouldn't be complete without a number of spectacular free-kicks either.

He's made a name for himself as a dead ball expert and he's scored free-kicks against all kinds of opposition.


Messi added two more long-range beauties to his collection in the 5-1 thrashing of Deportivo Alaves earlier this month.

Simply one of the best.

Featured Image Credit: @sultan16674072/Twitter

Topics: Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Spain, La Liga

Daniel Marland
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