Lionel Messi reportedly trained himself to sprain his ankle before taking free-kicks

Lionel Messi reportedly trained himself to sprain his ankle before taking free-kicks

- Lionel Messi has trained himself how to sprain his ankle

- The Argentine does this whenever he wants to take free kicks

- Messi has scored more than 50 goals in his career via set pieces

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is one of the best free kick takers in the world considering the number of goals the Argentine has scored on the pitch via this exercise.

So far in Lionel Messi's football career, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has scored more than 50 free kicks against many clubs in Europe.

It has even gotten to the stage that clubs have started putting players at the back of their goalkeepers in their efforts to stop Lionel Messi from scoring.

But all these efforts have been abortive as Lionel Messi would still find his way to score free kicks for Barcelona.

Even recently, Lionel Messi was voted as the greatest free kick taker of all time in a poll conducted by SportsBible.

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And now, Lionel Messi's big secret of how he scores brilliant free kicks has been revealed according to the report on SportsBible.

Dr Rajpal Brar is the one who has provided an analysis of what Lionel Messi does which is helping him in set pieces.

"When Messi strikes the ball, he shifts his hip to the right. He really moves his hips to the right as he's striking to open up his left strike leg.

"And what that does on his plant leg is that it shifts all the weight to the outside of the foot.

"We call it 'inversion sprain' when it twists inwards - it's that same force. You have all that force on the outside of your ankle and it twists inwards. But in Messi's case, he's trained himself and his body to control that motion,''. doctor told the Squawka podcast.

Earlier, had reported how reigning Spanish champions Barcelona are reportedly preparing for massive overhauling this summer with Lionel Messi, Stegen and De Jong said to be the only three players who are safe.

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Lionel Messi has been playing for Barcelona since he was young starting from the La Masia Academy before he got the chance to play for the first squad.

And since the Argentine entered Barcelona's first team, Lionel Messi has become an important member of the squad with the team even built around him.

Goalkeeper Stegen has also been a fantastic stopper for the Catalans since he got to Nou Camp helping them win last season's Spanish La Liga title.

Dutchman Frenkie De Jong joined Barcelona from Ajax a season after he failed to steer his former club to the Champions League final losing against Tottenham.

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