Lionel Messi started the 2015-16 season in the same manner as he ended previous ones: scoring jaw-dropping goals.
Messi scored two direct free-kick goals for Barcelona against Sevilla in Tuesday’s 2015 UEFA Super Cup. Messi proved himself to be unstoppable in open play many years ago, but his ability to convert set-pieces into goals adds a dangerous new dimension to his game.
Sevilla’s Ever Banega put Barcelona into an early hole with this free kick in the third minute.
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Messi never is one to be upstaged on the field, so he emulated his fellow Argentine’s trick just four minutes later.
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Then Messi went and did this nine minutes after scoring the game-tying goal. He added some extra power on his second free-kick goal, as he shot from five yards further away than his first.
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Sure, Messi scores all the time, but he isn’t usually this prolific at free kicks.
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The teams were tied after 90 minutes, but Pedro scored in extra time to give Barcelona a 5-4 win and the title.
Thumbnail photo via Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press