Lionel Messi scored his 20th free-kick goal over the past five league seasons against Real Valladolid yesterday in a 5-1 triumph for Barcelona. The Argentine was lauded for yet another masterclass in which he scored twice and assisted twice.
What’s especially notable about that stat of 20 free-kick goals in the past five seasons in La Liga is that not only does no player match him over the same span, no team has equalled his mark.
In the top 5 leagues, there is no team that has scored as many as Messi by himself - well, apart from Barcelona, of course.
Juventus is the one that comes closest, with 15 goals from different takers. Roma, Lyon, and Paris Saint-Germain have 13, followed by Bologna with 12.
Messi hit his 50th free kick in his career with his latest effort. The discussion about whether he is the best free-kick specialist in the world currently seems settled now, the question moves to where he stands among the best ever.