Lionel Messi Has Scored The Most Goals Outside Of The Box Since 2007/08
Lionel Messi is officially the king of scoring goals from outside the box.
Stats show that since the 2007/08 season, nobody in the top five European leagues has scored more from outside the penalty area than the Barcelona talisman, who has netted a staggering 69 goals from distance.
Of the 69, 48 have come from free-kicks. Messi has demonstrated a sensational dead-ball ability from a plethora of angles and distances.
' :goat: '@BumperGraham: "I don't think this is the night.... no matter what happens with this free kick."- Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) April 3, 2019
Then Lionel Messi stepped up. The first player in Europe's top five leagues to score 6+ direct free-kicks every season since 2006/07.
Watch all six from this season :point_down: pic.twitter.com/0Yoh6cibVX
May as well just start walking to take kick off again when Messi is stood over a free kick.- Jimmy (@EntireDesign_) April 2, 2019
His set-piece skills are so impressive that the SPORTbible audience voting him as the greatest free-kick taker to have ever played the game - pipping the likes of David Beckham, Juninho Pernambucano and Ronaldinho.
Cristiano Ronaldo is second on the list of top scorers from outside the box, having scored 54. The Portuguese star's game has changed in recent years though and he now has the unfortunate pleasure of being named the second-worst free-kick taker in Serie A's history.
The 34-year-old has had 18 failed attempts in the league, with only Camillo Ciano, who had 21 for Frosinone last term, ahead of him.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic occupies third after scoring 35 long-range strikes in Italy, Spain, France and England, while a second Juventus representative comes in the form of Miralem Pjanic.
A dead-ball master, Pjanic scored his 27th outside of the box goal in Juventus' 2-0 win over SPAL last night,
Starting from 2007/08 season, the players who have scored the most goals from outside the penalty area in the top 5 European Leagues:- LioMessiStuff (@LioMessiStuff) September 28, 2019
69 Lionel Messi
54 Cristiano Ronaldo
35 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
27 Miralem Pjanic pic.twitter.com/1bbjekqusW