Lionel Messi Has Scored More Direct Free-Kick Goals Than Juventus And PSG In The Last Five Seasons
Lionel Messi's outrageous direct free-kick record in the last five seasons has him ahead of two European powerhouses.
The Barcelona superstar, 32, notched up his 50th career free-kick on Tuesday with a sublime 35-yard strike against Real Valladolid.
According to stats, Messi has now scored 20 times from direct free-kicks in the last five seasons.
And his excellent goalscoring record puts him ahead of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, whose players have scored 15 and 13 times respectively from free-kicks.
Messi's free-kick record also places him ahead of Roma and Lyon, both on 13 each, as well as Bologna's 12 from set pieces.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has scored 44 of his free-kicks for Barcelona and six of those came for Argentina.
And a fan-made compilation video has emerged online to show every time the Argentine forward has scored from a free-kick.
Messi was in scintillating form against Valladolid as he scored a brace and assisted twice in Barcelona's 5-1 thrashing at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde said that he was "out of words" after the Barca captain's dazzling performance.
"What else can be said about him? I've run out of words," he said in his post-match press conference
"We always know that he will appear, whatever the match.
"His talent isn't comparable to anything, the reality is that every time he touches the ball, something special happens.
"I just don't know what to say."
Valladolid director David Espinar also made an interesting analogy about Messi when he said that he is "smallpox, but there is no vaccine."
He continued: "He is an admirer of Ronaldo Nazario, and our president has already said that he admires him.
"It's a mutual feeling, and Ronaldo will have been as astonishing as everyone tonight but feeling a little bitter that Messi has done this against us."
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