Messi still ranked outside top 10


Lionel Messi scored his 50th career free-kick with a spectacular effort against Real Valladolid but how far is he from the top 10 takers of all-time?

Barcelona moved to the summit of LaLiga after yet another Messi masterclass - as he scored two goals and registered as many assists in the 5-1 victory.

However, it's his milestone freekick that marveled onlookers at the Camp Nou as the Barca captain stepped over the ball in the 33rd minute and curled home a remarkable effort beyond the four-man wall and goalkeeper Jordi Masip.

It marked the 50th free-kick in the career for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, 44 of which came with Barcelona and six for Argentina.

How does he fare with the greatest of all-time?

Despite no current player in world football reaching his current goal-scoring ratio from dead-ball situations - Messi is still some way behind the greatest to have done it.

Currently, in 10 Brazilian duo, Marcelinho Carioca and legendary goalkeeper are ninth and 10th in the list respectively, with 59 goals each.

Compatriots Zico, Ronaldinho, Pele, and Juninho also feature, with the former Lyon playmaker remarkably ahead of legendary figures.

The rest of the top 10 is comprised of Victor Legrottaglie, Ronald Koeman and Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

With 16 direct free-kicks scored since the start of the 2016/17 season - Messi looks well on his way to breaking into the top 10.