Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez: Players who have scored two free-kicks in one game


Yes, we're speaking about Lionel Messi again, sue us.

But when it comes to free-kick taking at the moment, there's nobody who can hold a candle to the Barcelona superstar and he's already scored four of them this season. It's only November.

You only need to ask the Celta Vigo squad to vouch for our claim, because they picked two Messi free-kicks out the back of their net in less than 20 minutes at Camp Nou this month.

Having scored a glorious free-kick in first-half stoppage time, the Argentine then emerged from the dressing room to whip another one over the wall with just 48 minutes on the clock.

And for those interested in obscure football trivia, that marked the third occasion in Messi's career that he's been able to double up from free-kicks.

Two free-kicks in one game

The 32-year-old also achieved the feat against Sevilla in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup and during a La Liga clash with Espanyol last season.

Has anyone else been able to do it, though? Yes, Cristiano Ronaldo can also lay claim to free-kick supremacy after doubling up against Stoke City, Zurich and Villarreal across his career.

And while Messi and Ronaldo might be out on their own with three apiece, there are also a number of famous footballers who have put all their free-kick prowess together on one day.

FC Barcelona  v RC Celta de Vigo  - La Liga

When famous footballers double up

Bearing that in mind, YouTuber 'JackieMT' was feeling inspired by Messi's Celta Vigo performance and decided to compile some of the most notable examples.

From Nicolas Pepe's recent against brace against Vitoria to Juninho doing what he did best for Lyon, it features well over 10 case studies of the rare phenomenon.

Check out the full video down below:

Sometimes, everything just goes right for a player - just look at Wayne Rooney during the 8-2 victory over Arsenal, for example.

Rooney always had a decent free-kick in his locker, but only scored five in his Premier League career and almost half of them came in that Old Trafford thrashing alone.

Then there's Luis Suarez, casually as you like, rattling home one in each half for Liverpool and Ronaldinho rolling back the years to score two against Fluminese near the backend of his career.

Liverpool FC v FC Zenit St Petersburg - UEFA Europa League Round of 32

GIVEMESPORT'S Kobe Tong says

Some of the greatest and most prolific free-kick takers in history have never scored two in one game, so Ronaldo and Messi deserve all the credit in the world.

However, the elephant in the room is that Ronaldo has almost gone a decade without doing so and is still waiting on his first Juventus goal from a free-kick after nearly 18 months.

Consequently, dust off the crown and place it on Messi's head.


It seems inevitable that the Barcelona star will double up for the fourth time in seasons to come.

It's been well-publicised how Ronaldo has adapted his game with age, but don't ignore the fact that Messi has converted himself from a good free-kick taker to the best in the world in no time at all.

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