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Messi matches Ronaldinho's Liga record for direct free kicks

The Argentinean hit his sixth direct free kick against Leganés, becoming only the second player to reach that number in a season after the Brazilian in 2006-07.

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Messi matches Ronaldinho's Liga record for direct free kicks
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Leo Messi matched another Liga record in Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Leganés on Saturday night in Camp Nou.

The Argentinean helped himself to yet another hat-trick under the floodlights and his first goal, a direct free kick that was expertly put beyond the reach of Lega keeper Pichu and into the bottom corner in the 31st minute, was his sixth goal from a dead ball situation this season.

Messi matches Ronaldinho's mark

Messi therefore became only the second player in the last 20 years in LaLiga to score six direct free kicks in a single campaign, matching former Barcelona great Ronaldinho, who achieved the same number in 2006-07.

The Argentinean now has seven games remaining to find one more to take the record from his former teammate.

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