Lionel Messi and Ronald Koeman free-kicks compared by Barcelona

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It's safe to say that Argentine superstar Lionel Messi will go down as Barcelona's greatest ever player. 

The dynamic forward is showing no signs of slowing down as he continues to prove his credentials as one of the best players to have ever played the game. 

Throughout the course of his career, he has smashed a number of records. This past weekend, as the Catalans secured an emphatic 5-0 victory over Espanyol in La Liga, the technically gifted star tied one record in particular. 


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Indeed, Messi has now scored as many free-kicks from outside the box for Barcelona as Southampton boss Ronald Koeman did. Both Messi and Koeman have netted 23 free-kicks for the club. That's not bad going. 

Koeman was truly a free-kick specialist and one of the best in world football during his heyday, while Messi is an all round genius. 

Messi vs Koeman 

Anyway, following Messi's latest achievements, his club have promoted a video comparing him with Koeman. 

As you can see below, the two have scored many different types of free-kicks and the majority of them have been quite special....

Title race 

Messi, then, will be hoping to find the back of the net once again this weekend as the Catalans take on Granada. 

A victory for Luis Enrique's side will secure the La Liga title, but they most definitely won't be resting on their laurels in the pursuit of success. 

Granada may well have maintained their La Liga status with a thumping 4-1 victory over Sevilla in their last outing, but that doesn't necessarily mean they won't give their all against the Catalans. But with Messi and co. on form, there's no reason why Barca won't secure the required result. 

And the Argentine ace has already insisted that he's happy his side's destiny is in their own hands. 

He told ESPN: "Yes, luckily we have been able to get several points ahead. We suffered a dip at a time when we least expected it, after the international break, we had [Real] Madrid and then the qualifier against Atletico Madrid and then consecutive games in La Liga where we dropped many points. Luckily we counted on ourselves and now we are back on top."

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