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The One Goalscoring Record That Might Be A Stretch Too Far For Messi

The One Goalscoring Record That Might Be A Stretch Too Far For Messi

It feels like Lionel Messi breaks a new record every time he steps on the pitch but there's one that might be a step too far for him.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who has a sensational tally of 618 goals in a total of 752 appearances for club and country, proved he's one of the best in history when it comes to dead-ball situations by scoring his 40th free-kick at the weekend.

The Argentine ace opened the scoring against Leganes with a delightful curling free-kick, setting himself on his way to a 45th career hat-trick in the 3-1 win.

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But while Messi is the definition of a free-kick specialist, he's got a mountain to climb if he's going to break the record for the most free-kick goals scored in football history.

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In fact, he's got a long way to go just to get in the top ten. As per The Mirror, he's 19 off Corinthians' Marcelinho Carioca and set-piece bagging phenomenon Rogerio Ceni, and 22 off Zico and his the left-footed Argentinian genius that came before him, Diego Maradona.

David Beckham is on 65, one short of Messi's former teammate Ronaldinho. Pele is in second-placed on 70 - though it's unclear whether he's counting free-kicks he scored in the park and in his back-garden.

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The absolute free-kick king is of course the legend that is Juninho, who scored all types of free-kicks from varying angles and boasts a staggering 77.

Messi may be a machine, but he might struggle to reach those numbers.

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Here's the list in full:

1. Juninho Pernambucano (77)

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2. Pelé (70)

3. Victor Legrotaglie (66)

3. Ronaldinho (66)

4. David Beckham (65)

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5. Diego Maradona (62)

5. Zico (62)

6. Ronald Koeman (60)

7. Rogerio Ceni (59)

8. Marcelinho Carioca (59)

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Topics: Football News, Ronaldinho, FC Barcelona, Football, David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Juninho, Pele, Ronald Koeman, free-kicks, La Liga

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