Register Login Scores

Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Messi Still Trails CR7's Free-Kick Record

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is one of the best free-kick takers in world football at the moment, but the Argentine still trails Ballon d'Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo in direct free-kicks scored.

Click through the gallery above to see five players who have scored more free-kick goals than Ronaldo and Messi, according to Marca.

Messi scored what was already his second free-kick goal of the season against PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

The Argentine has now found the back of the net eight times from direct set-pieces in 2018, and also scored 10 more times via free-kicks in the past five years than any other player in Europe's top five leagues.

Messi has now scored 42 direct free-kicks in his career – 36 with Barca and six more with Argentina on the international stage.

However, despite his impressive form in dead-ball situations, the 31-year-old is still some way behind Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese has scored 56 free-kick strikes in his career – 14 of them with Manchester United, 34 with his former club Real Madrid and eight with Portugal.

Ronaldo has scored 12 of those free-kicks in the Champions League, although his record over the past few seasons has not been flattering.

The 10 Highest-Paid Players In The Champions League

The Portuguese's last goal from a set-piece came in his country's 3-3 draw with Spain at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Do you think Messi can catch Ronaldo's free-kick record? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Valencia Boss: What Ronaldo Said To Me After Red Card

History Made In Latest FIFA Rankings

The Amakhosi Conductor – Billiat Shining At Chiefs

13 comments

Top 5

Chiefs 10 Youngest Goalscorers Revealed!

16 Aug 11, 2022 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Official: 2022 Ballon d'Or Nominees Announced

4 Aug 12, 2022 08:38 PM in Ballon d’Or

Why Pirates Captain Was Substituted...

21 Aug 11, 2022 10:15 AM in Orlando Pirates

Richest EPL Owners Amid Man Utd Takeover Talk

2 Aug 11, 2022 07:26 PM in English Premier League

Rulani: Vila Contributed To Downs’ Downfall

88 Aug 11, 2022 07:35 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

'I Want To Buy Man Utd'

4 Aug 10, 2022 03:29 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Official: Motsepe Launches CAF African Super League

13 Aug 10, 2022 02:30 PM in African Football

Official: 10 More Confirmed Transfers

Aug 08, 2022 12:31 PM in World News

10 Players Who Still Haven't Found New Clubs

2 Aug 10, 2022 12:26 PM in World News

Chiefs 10 Youngest Goalscorers Revealed!

16 Aug 11, 2022 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Why Chiefs Target Fits Amakhosi's Immediate Criteria…

31 Aug 10, 2022 08:56 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Official: Motsepe Launches CAF African Super League

13 Aug 10, 2022 02:30 PM in African Football

Downs & CT City CAF CL Opponents Revealed

39 Aug 09, 2022 05:24 PM in CAF Champions League

Ten Hag Explains Benni Appointment

10 Aug 01, 2022 10:20 AM in English Premier League

Reunion On The Cards For Top Keeper?

1 Aug 10, 2022 05:09 PM in Siyagobhoza