By Ediale Kingsley
With a free-kick conversion rate of 8% (Ronaldo is 6.5%). Messi has relied on his free-kicks to save Barcelona in three recent back to back games. Lionel Messi has now scored the 32nd free-kick goal of his career. With that, he has ticked another box on his ever glowing resume, as his goal against Atletic bilbao equalled Ronald Koeman’s free kick record for Barcelona.
“Messi’s goalscoring contribution from free kicks has improved throughout the years. The proof is that he’s surpassed Koeman as the best direct free kick taker in the club’s history. His free kicks are not only brilliant, they’re also very important” expressed FC Barcelona via their website.
Messi’s goal put him level with Koeman on 26 free-kick goals for the Catalan giants, a record that saw the latter dubbed ‘King of free kicks’ during his playing days.
Koeman, who is now managing Everton in the Premier League, recognised the Argentine forward’s achievements, and took to social media to congratulate Messi. Messi will need just one more free-kick goal to break the record and seal his ever-growing status as one of the best players to have donned the colours of Barcelona.