The Best Free Kick of Lionel Messi’s Career Even Left the 7 Time Ballon d’Or Winner Speechless

The Best Free Kick of Lionel Messi’s Career Even Left the 7 Time Ballon d’Or Winner Speechless

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Lionel Messi once scored such a perfect free kick that even he couldn't quite believe how good it was, looking very impressed with himself
  • In a game vs the USA back in 2016, Messi converted arguably his greatest free kick, picking out the top corner with a gorgeous strike from distance
  • Messi will once again lead Argentina to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar this month, as the 35-year-old seeks to win the only trophy that has eluded him

Lionel Messi once left himself speechless, after scoring one of the greatest free kicks witnessed in world football on the international stage.

Messi found the top corner with a beautiful strike from distance that left many football fans - even the Argentine himself - in awe, in a game against the United States back in 2016.

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Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best free kick takers of all time. Photo by Tim Clayton.
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The 35-year-old curled a 'reverse' hit into the top corner, showcasing his elite technique that had a fully-extended Brad Guzan scrambling in the net.

According to Sport Bible, the spectacular strike also marked a significant milestone, as Messi surpassed Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina's all-time greatest goal scorer with his free kick.

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Messi will once again hope to strike gold at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, when Argentina bids for their third World title in Qatar.

Messi injury: coach 'not bothered'

Meanwhile, Argentina national team manager Lionel Scaloni has no concerns over Lionel Messi’s fitness before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in a few days, PSG Talks reports.

Messi is dealing with an Achilles injury that kept him out of PSG’s 2-1 win at Lorient last weekend, sparking concerns he might not be fully fit for Argentina’s opening game.

The 7-time Ballon d’Or winner likely wants to ensure he’s ready for the tournament, which is why he didn’t want to risk any further damage to the tendon.

Diehard fan to watch Messi

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that a diehard Argentina fan, Emiliano Matrangolo is risking everything to watch Messi play at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is set to kick off on November 20.

The recent Business Administration graduate from Buenos Aires is prepared to spend his life savings to buy tickets, to watch the Argentine national team in Qatar this year.

Matrangolo insists buying a car or house will not give him the sort of joy he will derive from watching Argentina lift another World Cup trophy.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..