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Messi approaches Maradona’s number

The direct free kick scored by Barcelona’s captain Lionel Messi, against Valencia, last Sunday, was the “50” kick in the Barca jersey.

The total of direct free kicks scored by Messi in his career reached “56”, only 3 kicks away from the number of his late compatriot Diego Maradona, who holds the Argentine record of 59 free kicks.

Messi beat Argentine stars such as Manuel Pellegrina (45 free-kick goals) and Daniel Passarella (43 free-kick goals).

Next Saturday, Messi faces Atletico Madrid, who scored his first free kick in his career.

On 4 October 2008, the “Bolga” scored his first goal from a free kick, in the Catalan team’s 6-1 victory over the “Rojiblancos”.

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