Barcelona, Blog, Blog - The Toe Poke, Leagues, Lionel Messi, Spanish Primera División, Story

Products You May Like

Sid Lowe explains how Lionel Messi continues to amaze despite his excellence on the pitch becoming routine.
On Lionel Messi’s 15th anniversary of his La Liga debut, Steve Nicol waxes lyrical on his career to date.

The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place.

Jump to: Maradona coaches from pitchside throne | Ref gives Kaka yellow card, takes quick selfie | Ribery finally gets new FIFA 20 game face

Lionel Messi underlined his indisputable greatness once again for Barcelona when he brought up yet another astonishing career milestone in Tuesday’s 5-1 drubbing of Real Valladolid.

The Argentina captain scored two goals and assisted another two in the match, the ninth time he has done so in La Liga in the last decade. In effortlessly tucking away Barcelona’s third goal, Messi scored the 50th direct free kick of his senior career in all competitions (44 with Barca, six with Argentina).

As things stand, nobody has scored more free kicks than Messi since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, with Miralem Pjanic the next on the list with 15 to his name. By comparison, Messi has 27 — 17 of them coming since the start of the 2016-17 season.

Having failed to convert a single free kick (from 29 attempts at time of writing) since joining Juventus, it’s perhaps not overly shocking to learn that Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just 10 set pieces since August 2012.

Even more remarkable is the fact that Messi’s haul of league goals from free kicks in the past five seasons is more than any single club playing in Europe’s top five leagues. That’s right: no Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga or Ligue 1 CLUB has scored more free kicks than Messi in the last five years.

20: Messi
15: Juventus
13: Roma, Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon
12: Bologna
11: Real Betis, Monaco
10: Levante, Napoli

Just when you think he’s peaked, the little genius goes and bulldozes down yet another mind-boggling career record.

Here’s to the next 50 free kicks!

ESPN fantasy soccer: Sign up now!
Barca ratings: Messi 10/10 in otherworldly outing
Messi’s debut, 15 years on, by those who were there

Diego Maradona coaches from pitchside throne

We all know that Diego Maradona enjoys god-like status in Argentina, but Newell’s Old Boys took it to new heights on Tuesday.

The Albiceleste legend, now coach of Gimnasia La Plata, was welcomed by his former club Newell’s with a special prematch presentation which included his very own chair on the sideline from which to coach from.

It was kind thought from the hosts, given that Maradona is still recovering from a knee operation he had in July. The warm welcome didn’t end there either — the Newell’s players got in on the action by gifting Gimnasia a much-needed 4-0 win.

The victory lifted Maradona’s side off the bottom of the Argentine Superliga table, proving that Argentina’s football god may just have another miracle left in him!

Maradona’s unveiling at new club got pretty wild
‘Diego Maradona’ movie revisits god in devil’s disguise

Ref gives Kaka yellow card, takes quick selfie

The stars were out in force as a team chock full of Brazil legends took on Israel in a special “Peace Match” exhibition in Haifa on Tuesday night.

Brazil ultimately won 4-2 but the game was perhaps most notable for the usually mild-mannered Kaka being shown a yellow card.

The ref on duty saw fit to book Kaka in the second half but couldn’t resist the temptation to grab a cheeky post-caution selfie with the former Ballon d’Or winner.

The likes of Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos and Bebeto all played their part as the Selecao emerged victorious in front of 20,000 fans at the Stadium Sami Ofer.

Bale admits to not knowing who UK Prime Minister is
Xhaka tantrum not most shocking thing in this picture
Football in The Vatican? World’s weirdest leagues

Franck Ribery finally gets new FIFA 20 game face

It looks like Franck Ribery has succeeded in his quest to have his FIFA20 likeness improved after complaining that his original in-game model was some way wide of the mark.

After struggling to recognise himself, Ribery was irked to the point of taking up the issue with EA Sports directly earlier this month.

It would appear that the Fiorentina winger’s complaint has now been addressed, with a brand new and altogether more accurate re-model being added into the game.

That’s better. Much better.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Xavi: Barca ‘lacked maturity’ in bittersweet draw
USWNT earns 2nd dominant win in W Gold Cup
Leverkusen go 11 pts clear, set unbeaten record
Pep wants De Bruyne at City amid Saudi links
Minnesota inks Man Utd asst. Ramsay as coach

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *