Lionel Messi’s stoppage-time goal for PSG was good enough in itself, but it was a staggering numbers behind it. The Argentine wizard did little in the 90 minutes during the 4-3 win over Lille, but stole the show beforehand. seconds
Winning a free kick just outside the penalty area, Messi lined up the ball and it seemed too central for him to tip it around goalkeeper Lucas Chevalier. Looking inward from the post.
The stat came in with the free kick being his 699th career goal, shortly after his brace in the victorious World Cup final, and it was also the 35-year-old’s 40th goal from outside the penalty area since the start of the 2017/18 season
Kevin De Bruyne is second with 20 goals from outside the penalty area, while 22 of Messi’s long drives have been from free kicks, six more than James Ward-Prowse
Moreover, since the start of the 2018/19 season, Messi has scored 16 goals from free kicks, with no team in Europe having a better record, Southampton sitting on the same figure
The goal was so big for Paris Saint-Germain, who were on three defeats, that coach Christophe Galtier joined in the festivities. Messi got a big hug from Kylian Mbappe and Sergio Ramos, before Galtier ran down the touchline to join in