Lionel Messi’s late strike against Alaves on Sunday gave Barcelona the 2-1 win, and also gave the Argentine the advantage over Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga free kicks goals. With Sunday’s game deadlocked in the 84th minute, Messi curled home a dead-ball effort to earn a victory for the league leaders at the Camp Nou.
It was Messi’s 21 career direct free-kick goal in La Liga, giving the Argentine the most of any player since Opta began collecting data in 2003-04. Messi and Real Madrid star Ronaldo went into the Match deadlocked at 20 in La Liga free kick goals, but Lionel Messi late winner against Alaves saw the Argentine put his nose in front.
Sunday’s match marked another milestone for the 30-year old, who made his 200 career La Liga appearance at the Camp Nou.