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Stats prove Lionel Messi is now king of free-kicks (alongside everything else)

One of the bizarre criticisms levelled at Lionel Messi over the years is that he doesn’t nearly score enough from free-kicks.

That is now well and truly a thing of the distant past, after the Barcelona man struck yet another perfect free-kick in his side’s 2-1 win over Sevilla.

What’s more, with that goal the Argentine wizard put himself top of the European charts when it comes to most free-kicks scored this season.

He’s now scored six free-kicks this campaign (in La Liga only), which puts him level with Chelsea’s Willian.

Roma’s Miralem Pjanic lies third with five free-kicks scored, in stats compiled by Opta across Europe’s top five leagues.

Using data from just domestic league games, four Premier League players make the top 20, with Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet joining Willian on the list.

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