The One Type Of Goal Lionel Messi Failed To Score In 2018
Lionel Messi scored a variety of different goals in 2018 but there was one type of goal that the Argentine failed to score in the calendar year.
It's emerged, via Opta, that for the first time in 2007, Messi did not score a headed goal for Barcelona and Argentina - which will no doubt please Brazilian legend Pele following his bizarre criticism of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
:heavy_check_mark:Left foot- Goal (@goal) December 31, 2018
Lionel Messi scored 51 goals in 2018, and NONE came with his head for the first time since 2007. pic.twitter.com/iMTOfg9Iji
The Barcelona and Argentina superstar ended the year with 51- FC BARCELONA WORLD :tm: (@SupportLeoMessi) December 30, 2018
goals for club and country, but
none of those came from his head.
It was the eighth time Messi
scored over 50 goals in the same
year, but the first time in 11 years that none of them were
Pele and Messi have same number of HEADED Goals in 2018.- Michael Evan (@michaelevan20) December 30, 2018
But while Messi ended an 11-year streak in scoring a header each calendar year, we're guessing he won't be too disheartened with his goalscoring numbers for club and country.
The 31-year old finished 2018 with a ridiculous 51 goals in all competitions, two more than his rival Cristiano Ronaldo managed.
Another sensational year of Messi magic also means he's netted 50+ goals in eight of the last nine years.
Most goals scored for club & country in 2018:- Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 29, 2018
:flag_ar: Lionel Messi (51)
:flag_pt: Cristiano Ronaldo (49)
Some things never change... pic.twitter.com/cUWNWr7AQl
Only in 2013 did Messi not hit a half century, having scored 45. But given he'd bagged an absurd 91 goals in the previous year - easily the greatest year at footballer has had a top level - we can probably let it slide.
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