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Messi has converted seven direct free-kicks this season / MIGUEL RUIZ

Leo Messi scored seven goals from free kicks in the 2015/16 season. He’s always been a danger from set pieces, but this year has proven to be more lethal than ever. And several of those goals have been major game-changers.

His favourite victim has been Sevilla, against whom he scored two free-kicks in the first official game of the season, the European Super Cup. He also netted a free against them in a league match, and did likewise against Celta, Deportivo and Espanyol. The other free-kick was also in a local derby, when he beat Pau López  in the Copa del Rey match at the Camp Nou.

Messi cancels out Banega's goal in European Super Cup (1-1)

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Messi puts Barça in front in Georgia (2-1)

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First league goal against Deportivo (1-0, final score 2-2)

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In the Copa del Rey against Espanyol (2-1, final score 4-1)

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Messi opens the scoring in the rout of Celta (1-0, final score 6-1)

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Another against Sevilla, this time in the league (1-0, final score 2-1)

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And one more against Espanyol, in the penultimate league fixture (1-0, final score 5-0)

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