Video of all Lionel Messi's free-kicks shows there’s nobody better

You’ll all be shocked to hear that Lionel Messi was named the Champions League Player of the Week following his performance for Barcelona against Liverpool on Wednesday night.

The Argentine forward scored two second-half goals, including an extraordinary free-kick, to leave Barça on the brink of the Champions League final.

Messi walked in his first goal of the night following a fortuitous rebound, but there was nothing lucky about his second goal, which made it 3-0 to the hosts at Camp Nou.

The 31-year-old bent the ball beautifully around the Liverpool wall and watched as it flew past Alisson Becker from over 30 yards.

It may have taken a slight deflection off Joe Gomez but, regardless, it was a truly magnificent moment of magic from a player who always seems to deliver.

Messi’s odds of winning a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or award have shortened further following his latest heroics.

He is currently the overwhelming favourite to win the prestigious individual accolade.

And if Messi does add another Ballon d’Or to his collection, it will add weight to the argument that he’s the greatest footballer of all time.

As well as the best overall player ever, Messi surely ranks high among the greatest free-kick takers ever.

This was the 52nd free-kick goal of his glittering career - a remarkable statistic.

And @PrimeLM10_ on Twitter has gathered all of them into one superb two-minute video for our viewing pleasure.

For the first free-kick, against Atletico Madrid, we’re transported all the way back to 2008. Over the next 11 years, he would go on to score 51 more - and counting… Many of them are stunning. Our favourite is probably his free-kick against the United States in July 2016 (1.20 in the video) but there are so many to choose from.

 There have been some wonderful free-kick takers down the years: Diego Maradona, Juninho Pernambucano, David Beckham and Zico to name but a few. However, Messi might just finish his career on top of the pile.


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