- Lionel Messi has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo to the number of free-kicks scored at club level
- The 33-year-old scored from a set-piece during Barcelona's 4-0 win over Granada in La Liga
- Messi is also La Liga's top scorer with 11 goals after a slow start to the new campaign
Lionel Messi scored a fantastic free-kick during Barcelona's 4-0 thrashing of Granada as they cemented their place in third position on La Liga table.
The set-piece did not only increase La Blaugrana's lead in the game to 3-0, it also meant that Messi has scored 48 goals from free-kicks for his club.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner also moved past his closest rival Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of free-kicks scored at club level.
Ronaldo scored 13 set-pieces in the colours of Manchester United, and 33 during his nine-year spell with Real Madrid and one with Juventus.
On the other hand, Messi and Ronaldo are both the top marksmen in La Liga and Serie A, scoring 11 and 12 goals respectively.
Messi has scored four goals so far in 2021 as Barcelona's resurgence in the Spanish topflight division continues after a slow start into the new campaign.
The 33-year-old has been involved in a transfer saga after asking to leave the Camp Nou last summer but decided to see out the remainder of his contract.
Messi is in the last six months of his contract and has been allowed to speak with other clubs as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are on the wings.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Barcelona put up a five-star show in the La Liga on Saturday, January 9, as the Catalan giants whitewashed Granada right at their backyard 4-0.
Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann produced breathtaking performances in the encounter as they scored a brace each the delight of their manager Ronald Koeman.
It took just 12 minutes into the encounter before the Blaugrana opened the scoring after the ball glimpsed Granada's Roberto Soldado on the way through to the Griezmann as the ball went into the net. 1-0 Barca.
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