Lionel Messi's 'Greatest' Free-Kick Of His Career Was So Perfect It Even Shocked Him – SPORTbible

Published 16:4417 February 2022 GMT
| Last updated 16:4717 February 2022 GMT

Can we just take a moment to appreciate Lionel Messi‘s perfect free-kick for Argentina against USA back in 2016.
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Messi converted arguably his greatest free-kick on the international stage, picking out the top corner with a gorgeous strike from distance.
He curled a ‘reverse’ hit into the top corner, showcasing his elite technique that had a fully-extended Brad Guzan scrambling in net.
Even the man himself knew he scored an outrageous goal, pulling a priceless expression as he wheeled away in celebration.
Messi’s best free-kick of all-time? We reckon so and so do his adoring fans.
One Twitter user wrote: “Yes it is, arguably one of the best in history. Reverse ball to the top corner from that distance and angle…perfect technique and execution.”
A second tweeted: “The distance and the angle, undoubtedly the best 100%.”
This is easily the best Messi free kick of all time pic.twitter.com/BthHzj1chW
Messi’s celebration after scoring THAT free-kick pic.twitter.com/u5Oxrw0kjR
A third added: “To score from that angle is something really impossible.”
A fourth commented: “You can’t hit a more accurate ball than that. He even couldn’t believe it.”
The sensational goal also brought up a special landmark as Messi’s free-kick against USA saw him surpass Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina’s all-time leading goal-scorer.
Speaking after the match, former Argentina head coach Tata Martino said: “It makes me happy that Messi has surpassed the previous record of Bati, but knowing how he is, he is more happy for the team.
“It is very good that the best player in the world is also the leading scorer of the national team.”
What a strike to create history.
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