Lionel Messi lit up Camp Nou once again when he put in yet another magical display in Barcelona's 3-0 Champions League win in the first leg against Liverpool.
The Argentinean maestro scored a brace which included one sublime 35-yard free-kick to had his team a three goal advantage heading to Anfield next week. Messi curled his set-piece right into the top left corner of Alisson's net, leaving the Liverpool goalkeeper with absolutely no chance in Barcelona.
Daily Mail report that the Argentine's second goal of the game was his fourth free-kick that he netted in 2019, which is just as many as Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in the past 960 days.
⚽🌟🥅 Most goals from direct free-kicks in Europe's top 5 league since 2012/13— Globe Soccer Awards (@Globe_Soccer) May 1, 2019
1️⃣ Lionel #Messi 👉 24
2️⃣ @Miralem_Pjanic 👉 15
3️⃣ @hakanc10 👉 12
4️⃣ @Pirlo_official 👉 11
5️⃣ @Cristiano Ronaldo 👉 10
Ronaldo scored his last free-kick way back in December 2017. The 34-year-old is still waiting to convert a free-kick for Juventus after signing from Madrid in the summer of 2018.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez's goals put Barcelona on the bring of another UEFA Champions League final. The only challenge left in front of them is a stern test in the second leg at Anfield.
If the Blaugrana end up surviving that test, they will face either Tottenham or Ajax in the final of the Champions League at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.