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Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: A Look at Who Has Scored More Free-Kick Goals in Their Career

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are considered to be the two greatest players in history of football
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are considered to be the two greatest players in history of football / David Ramos/Getty Images
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Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi and Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo are considered to be the two greatest footballers in the history of the sport - with the duo dominating football for well over a decade as seen by the combined 11 Ballon d'Or awards they have won between themselves.

Both the legends are in action for their respective countries, with Messi leading Argentina at the Copa America, while Ronaldo is with the Portugal side at the 2020 European Championships, being held across Europe.

The 33-year-old recently scored via a free-kick for Argentina during their 1-1 draw with Chile, which was his seventh for his country - thereby breaking the previous record held by Juan Román Riquelme, who scored seven free-kick goals.

This free-kick was the 57th of Messi's career, with Spanish outlet, AS claiming that the Argentinian has now moved ahead of his old foe in the free-kick stakes. The 36-year-old has so far managed to score 56 goals via free-kicks and Messi's record is remarkable considering that back in 2011, Ronaldo had scored 30 free-kicks and Messi had just four to his name.

The duo though are way behind Juninho who tops the free-kick list with 77 goals to his name, followed by Brazil legend, Pele who has netted 70 free-kick goals. Legends like Ronaldinho, David Beckham, Diego Maradona and Zico also find themselves on the list alongside goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, who scored 59.

Players with the most free-kick goals in history

1) Juninho - 77

2) Pele - 70

3) Legrotaglie - 66

3) Ronaldinho - 66

5) David Beckham - 65

6) Diego Maradona - 62

6) Zico - 62

8) Ronald Koeman - 60

9) Rogerio Ceni - 59

9) Carioca - 59

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