- Lionel Messi has surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo's number of career free kicks following his set piece against Chile
- The Argentine international went ahead past his eternal rival at the ongoing Copa America tournament
- Ronaldo will be having the opportunity to meet up with his rival when Portugal takes on Hungary at the Euros
The Barcelona superstar netted his 57th set piece during Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Chile at the ongoing Copa America.
The 33-year-old delivered a superb curler into the corner in the 33rd minute to put the Albiceleste into the lead.
Chile equalized from a rebounded penalty kick Messi’s former teammate Arturo Vidal before Eduardo Vargas tucked in the rebound with his head.
The game should have been buried as the Argentine missed several scoring chances. Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez failed to beat Claudio Bravo twice.
Stuttgart striker Nicolas Gonzalez also missed three chances on goals as the Argentines paid dearly for the
On the other hand, Ronaldo will be in Portugal’s starting line up when they take on Hungary and the Juventus star could get the competition going with Messi if he scores from a set piece
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Argentina began their quest for glory in the 2021 Copa America competition following a 1-1 draw with Chile, but Lionel Messi stole the headlines once again, Mirror reports.
The Argentine captain scored a beauty from a free-kick in their underwhelming draw to have a staggered start into the competition.
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And just before kick-off of the encounter, a brilliant tribute was paid to late legend Diego Maradona who passed away on November 25, 2020.
Legit.ng also reported that Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and his teammates at the Argentina national team on Tuesday night, June 8, threw away a two-goal lead as they were forced to 2-2 draw by Colombia.
Before the encounter, Argentina were hoping to close the gap on leaders Brazil, but they were unable to get the win over Colombia in what was a tough battle.
Argentina started the match impressively and waited until the 11th minute before Rodrigo de Paul delivered a stunning cross which made Cristian Romero score the first goal.