Barcelona's Lionel Messi keeps on proving that he is the free-kick King

He continues to score more set plays than any other team in Europe

David Salinas

Leo Messi dominates nearly every aspect of the game. He is considered the best player in the world and has won a huge amount of individual and collective awards. He scores, he creates, he dribbles, he passes... he nets free-kicks for fun. 

He gave another dead ball recital against Celta Vigo on Saturday, scoring two free-kicks in Barcelona's 4-1 win. He has now scored 52 free kicks (46 with Barça and six with Argentina) in 834 games ((698+136) and is just two behind Cristiano Ronaldo (13 with Manchester United, 32 with Real Madrid and nine with Portugal). The Juventus player has played 45 games more than the Argentine (979). 

Messi's come on leaps and bounds since the 2015-16 season, with 33 free-kick goals coming since then, in comparison to Ronaldo's 10 in the same time. Ronaldo's superiority was established between 2008 and 2012, before Messi really took dead balls. 

However, he has got better and better. He has scored two free-kicks in one game on three occasions (Sevilla, Espanyol and now Celta) and against Girona he scored one under the wall. Against Espanyol earlier this year he scored a Panenka free-kick. His imagination knows no bounds. 

One of the most surprising pieces of date came from Mister Chip on Saturday. Messi has scored more free-kick goals in the last eight seasons (29) than various teams in Europes's top five leagues: Juventus (27), Real Madrid (23), Roma and Lyon (21) and PSG (20). 



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