Lionel Messi’s freekick record is better than Cristiano Ronaldo’s entire team put together

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After his brace against Espanyol, Lionel Messi’s personal record for freekicks is better than Juventus’ whole team put together

Lionel Messi sunk in two picture perfect freekicks against Espanyol to help seal the Catalan derby 4-0 and send Barcelona 3 points clear in the top of La Liga.

In the process, however, he ended up breaking two monumental records. One for being the first player ever to reach double figures in La Liga for a whooping 13 consecutive seasons and the second, for scoring more freekicks himself than any club in Europe’s top 5 leagues in the last four years.

According to Alexis of ESPN, Messi totals 19 freekicks himself in the last 4 seasons while Cristiano Ronaldo’s club, Juventus, as a whole only totals 18 goals.

Juventus’ tally of 18 comes predominantly from Dybala’s boot (8), with Pjanic, Pirlo, Tevez, Pogba and Bernadeschi also contributing. Messi, on the other hand, has 19 by himself in the same time period.

It is worthy to note that Messi accomplished both records during the Espanyol match, coming off what many consider to be unfair and controversial scoring for the Ballon d’Or which was the Argentine playmaker finish 5th and Pele’s harsh comments directed at him, labeling him a ‘one skill’ player.

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