Stats show: Messi is the king of long-range goals
- The Argentinean has netted more goals from outside the box than any other player since 2013.
- With 45, he is far ahead of the second-best scorer who is Philippe Coutinho with 24.
- One of Messi's long shots arrived in the 2011 UCL final.
It seems that Lionel Messi is capable of everything. The Argentinean is currently nominated for four prestigious accolades: FIFA The Best, 2018/2019 Champions League Best Striker of the Season, UEFA Best Player of the Year and Puskas Award. Last season, he scored an impressive number of 51 goals in all competitions. He became the La Liga and UCL top scorer with 36 and 12 respectively.
And now Opta reveal yet another staggering data which confirms Messi's eternal greatness. They say the Argentinean has scored more goals from outside the box than anyone else in the top five European leagues since 2013. He has netted 45 long-range goals.
Guess, how many goals has the second-best player scored? 24. By the way, it's Barcelona loanee to Bayern Munich, Philippe Coutinho.