Daily Mail : 2019-05-03

Football : 93 : 91

Football

91 Friday, May 3, 2019 Daily Mail, MIND-BOGGLING FREE-KICK STATS 8 Lionel Messi’s stunning second goal against Liverpool was his eighth from a direct free-kick in all competitio­ns this season — twice as many as any other player in Europe’s top five leagues. L Messi 8 ■■■■■■■■ (Barcelona) A Di Maria 4 ■■■■ (PSG) J Schmid 3 ■■■ (Augsburg) C Tello 3 ■■■ (Real Betis) A Milik 3 ■■■ (Napoli) J Maddison 3 ■■■ (Leicester) A Griezmann 3 ■■■ (Atletico Madrid) M Depay 3 ■■■ (Lyon) PS Messi has scored his eight direct free-kicks from 56 attempts. Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to score one from 24 attempts this season for Juventus. 31 Over the last 10 seasons, no one has scored as many free-kicks in Europe’s top five leagues as Messi, who has netted 31. Cristiano Ronaldo is next best on 24, with all of them coming during his time at Real Madrid. MISSILE THAT SUNK LIVERPOOL WHERE HE’S PLACED HIS EIGHT FREE-KICK GOALS THIS SEASON 8 4 5 3 7 2 6 1 Aug 18: v Alaves Mar 17: v Real Betis 1 5 22.7yds, 45mph 24.8yds, 52mph Sep 18: v PSV Mar 30: v Espanyol 2 6 23.7yds, 40mph 18yds, 28mph Dec 8: v Espanyol Apr 2: v Villarreal 3 7 26.9yds, 48mph 21.2yds, 57mph Dec 8: v Espanyol May 1: v Liverpool 4 8 28.7yds, 52mph 31.7yds, 67mph COMPILED BY JAMES SHARPE PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW ... AND HERE’S THE MAGICIAN’S OTHER SET-PIECE TRICKS

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