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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.
Goals from outside the box in the last 5 seasons (League):
:flag_ar: Messi - 42
:flag_black: Kane - 17
:flag_br: Coutinho - 16
:flag_be: De Bruyne - 15
:flag_pt: C. Ronaldo - 7 pic.twitter.com/2QCVBaGlFB
- TM (@TotalLeoMessi) March 29, 2021
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
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