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Leo Messi was once again the main weapon that keeps Barcelona in the leadership of La Liga. This Saturday Barça beat Celta 4-1 at the Camp Nou, and the Argentine scored a hat-trick that caught the eye as two of those goals came with brilliant freekicks. It should no longer surprise anyone the ease of the world football star with set-pieces, but his record in this regard is impressive.
MORE FREEKICK GOALS THAN ANY TEAM
Just as a starter, this season Messi has four goals with direct freekicks, since he had previously scored in this way against Sevilla and Valladolid. There is no doubt that the Argentine has become an expert in this area, since with the shirt of the Catalan team he adds a total of 46 goals of this type. This is also the third match in which the legendary attacker signs two freekick goals, after doing so in August 2015 in the European Super Cup against Sevilla and in December 2018 against Espanyol in La Liga.
The most incredible thing about Messi's idyll with the freekick goals is the difference he has over the rest of players in the world, since the Argentine has scored more goals of this type than any other team in the last eight seasons. While the Barça man has scored 29 goals, Juventus adds 27, Real Madrid 23, Roma and Lyon 21 and PSG 20, making an embarrassing difference with any other player in planet football.
With these goals, in addition, Messi becomes the top scorer of Barcelona in La Liga with eight goals, all of them in the last five matchdays after having left behind the injuries that marginalized him from the team at the beginning of the season. He surpasses his friend and partner Luis Suarez, who has six, and is only one goal behind Karim Benzema in the fight to be the top scorer of Spanish football for the seventh time in his career.
In another impressive record and with the three goals against Celta, Messi has not only scored the first hat-trick of this season in La Liga but has also matched Cristiano Ronaldo as the player who has scored three goals more times in all La Liga history. There have been 34 times when the Argentine has celebrated three goals in the same game and, given his current level, it is not risky to say that it will not be the last.
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