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Lionel Messi Scores Incredible Inch-Perfect Free-Kick Despite Athletic Bilbao Player Being On The Line

Lionel Messi Scores Incredible Inch-Perfect Free-Kick Despite Athletic Bilbao Player Being On The Line

Lionel Messi produced an exquisite finish from a 30-yard free-kick to fire Barcelona into the lead against Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Argentine superstar, who has been in the news over his leaked contract details, was in fine form as he was knocked over on the edge of the box and awarded a free-kick.

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Messi stepped up for the free-kick and Bilbao players did everything to stop him from scoring, even lying one of their own behind the wall.

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However, the Barcelona captain curled in a beautiful free-kick into the top-right corner, with a helpless Unai Simon rooted to the spot.

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Bilbao defender Yeray Alvarez desperately tried to run back to the line to clear Messi's magnificent strike, only managing to hit the post as part of his troubles.

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Messi's free-kick notched up his 650th goal for Barcelona in all competitions, according to OptaJose.

Fans were simply left in awe at the six-time Ballon d'Or winner's strike and praised his brilliance on social media.

"The defender helplessly crashing into the post makes it look even better. Put there to stop it and still Messi curls it in," one fan pointed out.

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While another said: "This is why Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all time. Carry on..."

A third tweeted: "LOL. They even have someone lay on the ground for his free-kicks. Perfect placement by Messi still."

And a fourth added: "Messi deserves every euro he's paid by Barca. The greatest ever."

Barcelona lead Bilbao 1-0 going into half-time at the Camp Nou.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Premier Sports

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Lionel Messi, La Liga, Barca, Camp Nou

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