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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.

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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. 

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