Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has scored 100 goals for club and country from outside the penalty box, with 41 of those direct free-kicks, according to Squawka.

The South American attacker is adjudged as one of the best players on the planet due to his exploits in the game.

Messi has won every honour possible at club level and is Barcelona’s top goalscorer of all-time, while he has claimed the Ballon d’Or on five occasions.

One area that perhaps does not get the credit it deserves in the Argentine’s game is his free-kicks, with the South American perhaps overlooked when the very best set piece takers are mentioned.

However, the latest statistic shows that Messi must be included in that conversation, with the Barcelona star clearly adept at hitting the target from range.

The Argentina international will be critical as Barcelona look to retain the La Liga title again this season, while the incredible attacker will also be keen to add to the three Champions League crowns he has won in his remarkable career.

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