Watch the video of Lionel Messi inventing a ‘Panenka’ free-kick against Espanyol.
Barcelona were struggling to break down their rivals Espanyol, but guess who scores a brace to bail their side out again? The Blaugrana’s leading scorer Lionel Messi scored a filthy free kick in the second half to lead the game in the 70th minute. It was soon doubled when the Argentine found the back of the net before the stoppage time to clinch and help his side clinch yet another three points.
The second goal was very good to break through the counter attack, but the first one? Out of the world! In order to stop Messi from scoring in the top corner, goalkeeper positioned himself to cover his near post whilst the defender ran once the Barcelona’s attacker got contact with the ball. But, the ball enough dip which deceived the Espanyol player and bulge the net.
It was an exquisite technique invented by Lionel Messi who converts free-kick like penalties. The 31-year-old has scored more free-kicks than some of the top European sides in the last seven years, and he did no harm to his reputation by inventing the ‘Panenka’ free-kick against Espanyol.
Lionel Messi’s free-kick Vs Espanyol
— Ahad (@Ahad962) March 30, 2019
Fans went berserk about this moment of brilliance shown by Lionel Messi against Espanyol.
Leo Messi has scored a Paneka free kick, that’s outrageous even by his standards. Honestly didn’t think it was possible until I saw it.
— RF9 🇧🇷 (@SambaRole) March 30, 2019
Direct free-kick comparison:
– 23 taken
– 0 goals
– 0% conversion rate
– 49 taken
– 6 goals
– 12.2% conversion rate pic.twitter.com/DHGILYLwgJ
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 30, 2019
— Ajay Rana (@ajayrana2603) March 30, 2019
— Chitranshu Singh Gahlot (@CSG1011) March 30, 2019
It was a very tough technique to loop it over the wall and the defender who had no answer to that excellence whatsoever. With this win, the Argentine International has matched the Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas for most number of wins (334) in the La Liga. It has become a habit for Lionel Messi to shatter records every single week.
He might suffer with Argentina, but his proficiency with Barcelona is incredibly good to write a book about him. With nine games left, Lionel Messi has astonishingly scored 31 league goals this season and he is on the course to win the golden boot yet again. It is evident about the peerless talent he possesses to simply show the exit door for the opponents because he is too good to compete against.
The Blaugrana are currently thirteen points ahead of the second-placed Atletico Madrid in the La Liga and are on the course of lifting their second league title on a trot. They will face Manchester United in the Quarterfinals of the Champions League.