Christmas advent calendar countdown: Lionel Messi, December 15th

Published Add your comment

From December 1st until December 25th, one goal will be presented each day. The goals in the calendar have all been scored within the since January 1st this year.

The goals have been picked out by a jury of three people after a thorough review of the football year.

December 15th will be gilded by Lionel Messi's fantastic free-kick against Nigeria in this year's FIFA World Cup.



Scoring directly from a free-kick is always a piece of art. This strike is one of a kind. From the camera angle, it looks like a doubtful performance from the goalkeeper, but the replays show that the ball descends in a very unusual way. It is indeed a very special free-kick, and it is ridiculously hard to execute.

Article continues below


The fact that the FIFA World Cup is played only once every four years gives its goals increased significance. At the time when Messi scored this free-kick, Nigeria and Argentina were tied at 1-1.

Through winning this match, the Albiceleste's claimed the first place of the group. Nigeria are also a quality opponent, and teams just below the best always perform at their utmost level on these occasions.


The goals have been examined on the following points...


- Plain and simple. The goals have been rated in regard of the skill displayed.


- Resistance includes anything that might have affected the level of the opposition.

If a goal means the difference between win and draw, it has been higher valued than a 7-0 goal scored in the 90th minute. The base quality of the team who conceded has also been taken into account.

In order for it to be in the calendar, a goal has to have been scored in one of the following competitions...

- The FIFA World Cup
- UEFA Champions League
- Barclays Premier League
- FA Cup
- Liga BBVA
- Copa del Rey
- Serie A
- Coppa Italia
- Ligue 1
- Coupe de France
- Bundesliga
- DFB-Pokal

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

World Cup
Argentina Football
Lionel Messi

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again