With Lionel Messi’s free-kick goal vs Lille, he has officially scored 61 career free-kick goals
In a thrilling encounter in Ligue 1 on Sunday, Lionel Messi scored the winner to complete a dramatic turnaround for Paris Saint-Germain against Lille. With his 61st career direct free-kick, Messi found the net in the fifth minute of added time to seal the victory for PSG.
Earlier in the match, Neymar had assisted Kylian Mbappe for PSG’s opening goal before scoring the second himself. However, PSG soon found themselves trailing 2-3 as Bafode Diakite, Jonathan David and Jonathan Bamba scored for Lille.
Lionel Messi at the death wins it for PSG!— Chris Worsey (@Chris_Worsey) February 19, 2023
⚽ 61 Career Free-Kick Goals
🇦🇷 1 Shy of Diego Maradona (62) pic.twitter.com/HDiNWf1ldD
Despite losing Neymar to an ankle injury, Mbappe drew PSG level with his second goal of the match in the 87th minute. But it was Messi’s magic moment that stole the show, as he placed his shot just to the right of Lille’s five-man wall and watched on as the ball clipped the inside of the post before bouncing into the net.
The victory was an important one for PSG, as they now sit just one point behind league leaders Lille in the Ligue 1 table. With Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe in their ranks, PSG hopes to secure their eighth Ligue 1 title this season.
It was a thrilling match that showcased the talents of some of the world’s best footballers. Messi’s heroics will undoubtedly go down in PSG folklore, and fans will be hoping for more moments of magic from the Argentine superstar in the weeks and months to come.