Lionel Messi scored his 50th career free-kick on Tuesday night when Barcelona ran 5-1 win over Real Valladolid at Camp Nou.
The Argentina captain caressed the ball past goalkeeper Jordi Masip in typical Messi fashion in the 34th minute in a game that saw him score a brace and bag two assists.
The free-kick goal was his 44th for Barcelona with the star man having scored in the same fashion while with the Argentina national team.
Messi Still Behind
However, Messi is lagging behind a number of some notable names in the football world who made their names with the kicks.
Leading the pack is Antônio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Júnior, commonly known Juninho Pernambucano. The former Brazilian international who is currently sporting director of Ligue One side Olympique Lyonnais managed to tuck in 77 free kicks in his career.
The list has former Manchester United and Real Madrid winger David Beckham who tucked in 65 free kicks his teams earned but he is five-goal below football great Pele who managed to score 70 free kicks.
Free Kick Masters
- Juninho Pernambucano (77)
- Pelé (70)
- Nicola Legrottaglie, Ronaldinho (66)
- David Beckham (65)
- Diego Maradona, Zico (62)
- Ronald Koeman (60)
- Rogerio Ceni, Marcelinho Carioca (59)