At this stage of the season Lionel Messi has already scored 5 direct free kick goals in all competitions, closing on to his best landmark achieved the last campaign with 7 goals.
The Argentine is outperforming his rivals this season, not just in free kick goals but in all areas. Only Kylian Mbappe holds his pace as he is the closest to Lio Messi in the race for the golden boot.
With his masterpiece vs Real Betis Leo Messi has scored 26 direct Free Kick goals since the beginning of 2011, that means the Argentine alone netted more goals from set-pieces than a number of high-profile teams in Europe’s top five leagues, like Real Madrid, Liverpool or Lyon among others. Only Juventus team has scored more from set piece in that period.
🤯 Combined goals and assists this season:Antoine Griezmann: 26 Eden Hazard: 27 Mo Salah: 29 Karim Benzema: 31 Sergio Aguero: 35 Raheem Sterling: 35 Cristiano Ronaldo: 36 Robert Lewandowski: 42👑 Lionel Messi: 60 👑🚑 Messi was also out injured for a month.🐐🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/oOk2AUCOlo— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) 19 March 2019
Messi has a total of 37 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring on 39 occasions and provided 21 assists to his team mates, so the Captain has been directly involved in 60 goals this season so far. No player in Europe has more.