Breaking: Lionel Messi Breaks New Record, See New Record
Lionel Messi has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo for free-kicks scored, meaning the Argentina captain is now the top scorer direct from free-kicks among all active players.
The little magician, technically a free agent after his Barcelona contract expired at the end of June, has always had a spectacular set-piece in his locker. He’s so inexplainably good from dead balls that there is even an urban legend going around that he dislocates his ankle with every one he strikes in order to get maximum lift and spin on the ball.
But whether that holds any truth or not, one thing is undeniable. He gets results.
And he was at his best in Argentina’s Copa America 2021 quarter-final clash Colombia, curling in a free-kick from the edge of the box in stoppage time to cap off a routine 3-0 win for his country.
The late strike sealed an impressive display from Messi – who also bagged two assists – as Argentina set up a semi-final with Colombia in Brasilia on Wednesday.