UEFA Champions League and Europa League final group matches will go down this week. The two tournaments will take a winter break until February when the knockout stage will kickoff. However, before we start thinking about the two, Lionel Messi did something incredible last weekend. The Argentine netted two beautiful direct free-kicks to take his tally in 2018 alone to 10 in all competitions. Today, we have decided to compare his numbers since 2014 with others.
6. Chelsea, AC Milan & Liverpool- 11 Free-kick Goals
Eden Hazard and Marcus Alonso have netted from direct free-kicks in recent months. The same can be said about Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Alexander Arnold for Liverpool. However, both clubs plus Serie A giants AC Milan have only netted 11 goals from free-kicks since 2014.
5. PSG, Monaco & Sampdoria- 12 Free-kick Goals
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PSG has great free-kick specialists in their team at the moment. They include Neymar, Di Maria, Cavani, and Julian Draxler. However, since 2014, they have only netted 12 directly from free-kicks as a team. The record is also matched by fellow Ligue 1 side Monaco and Serie A outfit Sampdoria.
4. Bayern Munich- 13 Free-kick Goals
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 6, 2016
Bayern Munich takes the fourth spot on this list when it comes to goals from direct free-kicks. Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are specialists in this area but as a team, they have netted 13 times from free-kicks since 2014.