Lionel Messi scores TWO free-kicks in three minutes during Barcelona v Celta

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Lionel Messi managed to score his 50th free-kick last week.

And he notched his 51st AND 52nd career free-kick during Barcelona vs Celta on Saturday evening.

Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot, only for Celta to net a free-kick of their own three minutes before half-time.

The Argentine forward had the chance to give his side the lead on the stroke of half-time when they were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out from goal.

And the result was inevitable. Messi whacked his effort beyond the despairing dive of Ruben Blanco.

Watch it below:

And what did he do three minutes after half-time? Score another free-kick, of course...

Barcelona were given another set-piece from 25 yards out when Frenkie de Jong was felled just outside the box.

And Messi managed to score an almost identical free-kick to his one in the first 45 minutes.

What a way to complete your hat-trick. That's Messi's FOURTH free-kick already this season.

He's scored four of his last seven free-kicks. He's now scored 22 free-kicks in the last five seasons, seven more than any other CLUB.

Saturday evening was the third time Messi has scored two free-kicks in one game.

Lionel Messi strikes his free-kick

He did so against Sevilla in the 2015/16 UEFA Super Cup and Espanyol in December 2018.

Messi may well be the best free-kick taker of all-time. That is not an exaggeration.

Sergio Busquets also found himself on the scoresheet and praised Messi after the game.

"We have a very big advantage, he's the best in the world and also the best free-kick taker in the world," Busquets told Movistar about Messi, per Marca."He's been improving bit by bit and it was difficult. Having him is a very big advantage."

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