Lionel Messi reached his 50th goal from a free kick this Sunday at Mestalla. The Argentine, who had been looking for this event for weeks, has achieved it at the most crucial moment of the season and has allowed the Catalans to turn the scoreboard. It was the 69th minute when the captain hit the ball, surpassed the barrier and after touching the ball on the poster, he ended up in the back of the net. A goal that keeps Barcelona alive in the fight for the title, since they beat Valencia 3-2 and remain expectant in the Spanish championship.
The 50 goals are divided into 39 in La Liga, five in the Champions League, three in the Copa del Rey, two in the European Super Cup and one in the Spanish Super Cup. The good connection of Leo Messi with the fouls started in the 2008-09 season when he scored a goal. Especially positive was the 2018-19 campaign. When the Argentine planted the ball on the grass he had many numbers to finish inside the goal. And he did it eight times. 2017-18 and 2015-16 were also good, with seven each.
Last year, Messi signed five free-kick goals and this season he has three. Precisely, three months the statistics have resisted, since the last goal of this nature dates from January 31 against Athletic. Previously, he achieved the first of the course against Granada at the beginning of 2021. But the target in Mestalla is key to maintaining the hope of the Catalans in the fight for the title.
Lionel Messi's ninth double
The Argentine is still immersed in the fight for the Pichichi de Primera and already has 28 goals, seven more than Benzema. But, in addition, this Sunday at the Mestalla he added his ninth LaLiga double. Betis, Athletic, Granada, Alavés, Elche, Huesca, Real Sociedad, Getafe and Valencia have been the victims of him this season.