Lionel Messi scored two direct free-kick goals in La Liga game for the first time ever during his side Catalan derby with Espanyol at the RCD stadium. The Spanish champions went on to win the encounter by four goal to nil.
The five times Ballon D’or winner surged down on a mazy run into the hosts area before being pulled back by one of the defenders and the referee pulled play back to award a free kick which was duly bent in by the Argentina superstar.
He then went on to score another free kick in the 65th minute and was a constant menace on the opposition defence all through the match.
He then revealed when questioned by journalists at the end of the match that he only followed a ritual when he wanted to play the free kick.
In his own word below:
“I try to follow a ritual. When it goes well, I try to do the same to make it look good again. I shoot a lot of free kicks and I do not always score them. Today I had the luck.”
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