Lionel Messi has scored 6 free kick goals with Barcelona during the ongoing 2015/2016 season, setting a new personal record for most free kick goals within a single season. He has undoubtedly improved his free kick shooting technique and currently he is one of the best free kick takers in the world.
Messi has now 22 free kick goals in official club competitions. This is a very high figure but not particularly mind blowing, considering the number of games and seasons he has played at the club. Maybe interesting and spectacular is what we find out when we classify Messi’s free kick goals according to the result of the game when they occurred (Chart 1).
As we can see in the above chart, the wast majority (19 out of 22) of Messi’s free kick goals have arrived when the team needed the most, when they were losing (3 goals) and drawing (16 goals). This data highlights once again Messi’s particularity of being relevant and influential in the most important moments of the match.