Lionel Messi Strikes First Against Chile With Electric Free Kick

Lionel Messi Strikes First Against Chile With Electric Free Kick

Lionel Messi now leads all active players with free kicks at 57—surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo at 56.

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Argentina forward Lionel Messi drew first blood on Monday against Chile during the group stage of the 2021 Copa América with a beautiful free kick. 

Messi, 33, made contact with his left foot and curved the ball perfectly to place it in the left corner and left Chile goalie Claudio Bravo on the ground after he failed to defend it. 

The free kick came in the 33rd minute and marks Messi’s 57th free kick of his career—surpassing Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 56—leaving him with the most among active players.  

This also adds to an already legendary international stat sheet for Messi and brings his goal total up to 73 in his 151 Argentina appearances. 

Chile answered in the 57th minute when Eduardo Vargas landed a header the bottom right corner. The score is 1–1 as of the 73rd minute.

The group stage will continue on Friday when Chile plays Bolivia at 5 p.m. ET and then Argentina will face Uruguay the same day at 8 p.m. ET on the second day of group stage games. 

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