On free kicks, Lionel Messi is FC Barcelona's most lethal weapon

Opposing teams would be wise not let Messi have any free-kick opportunites from around the penalty area. / FCB
The blaugrana striker chalked up his sixth free-kick goal of the season on Sunday night versus Sevilla, a new personal best

Is there anything that Lionel Messi cannot do on a football field?

Evidently not.

Just when you might have felt you had seen him do it all, there he goes and nets another long free kick against Sevilla on Sunday night to tie the game and hand momentum back to Barça. Here’s a look at how it went down:

Messi’s goal came in minute 30

It was the blaugrana marksman’s sixth such goal of the season, a new career high. It was also his third free-kick goal against Sevilla this season, coming after two others in the UEFA Super Cup back in August. He now has 17 goals in 17 games so far in 2016.

But apart from the three against Sevilla, Messi also rifled free-kick goals versus Espanyol in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 16, as well as in league wins over Deportivo and Celta, all coming at Camp Nou.


This is where Messi has scored his six free-kick goals from

22nd free kick goal with Barça

Since his debut with the first team, Leo Messi has scored 22 free-kick goals — 15 in La Liga, two in the Champions League, 1 in the Copa del Rey, 2 UEFA Super Cup and one in the Spanish Super Cup . The first was during the 2008/09 season in a league game against Atlético Madrid. Here’s a look at the breakdown by season:

SEASON 08/09 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13 13/14 14/15 15/16
1 2 1 3 4 3 2 6