Messi leads European top 5 leagues for most free-kick goals in last five seasons

Messi leads European top 5 leagues for most free-kick goals in last five seasons

The Argentine has extended his lead by another free-kick goal in Sunday's 2-1 win over Athletic. 16/17

Lionel Messi has scored 21 free-kick goals for Barcelona in La Liga since the start of the 2016/17 season.

No other player in European top five leagues has been at least half as good as the Argentine in that regard in the last five campaigns.

Most free-kick goals in Europe's top 5 leagues since the start of 2016/17, as per ESPN:

Lionel Messi - 21

Aleksandar Kolarov - 8

James Ward-Prowse - 8

Paulo Dybala - 7

Iago Aspas - 7

Simone Verdi - 6

Dani Parejo - 6

Nabil Fekir - 6

Enis Bardhi - 6

Leo scored his latest free-kick beauty to help the Catalans defeat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 on Sunday.

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