After Sergio Aguero made it 2-0 thanks to a Messi assist, Leo saved the best goal of the night for last. Aguero was taken down outside the box in the 79th minute. Messi took the free kick and, instead of curling it over the wall, decided to kick it under the wall and beat Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera for the brace.
After the game, Messi mentioned that his free kick was inspired by two legends, one of which was his former teammate at Barcelona.
“I recently saw that Ronaldinho and (Andrea) Pirlo both scored similar goals,” said Messi to the media. "I had some doubts, but I gave it a go and it went well."
Yes it did!
When asked about the Messi shout-out, Andrea Pirlo was honored that Lionel Messi paid homage to him.
“I am very happy to hear Messi say something like that,” Pirlo said during training with Italy’s national team on Saturday. “That it came from Messi just made it better.”
Pirlo knows Lionel Messi is going to go down as the greatest of all time and is honored to have been paid homage by Messi.
It was a great free kick and great tribute to two of the greatest free-kick takers of all time in Pirlo and Ronaldinho.
In my opinion, Messi is on his way to joining both Pirlo and Ronaldinho in the category of the best free-kick takers in the history of the game.
We'll see if Messi and other FC Barcelona players make goals on Tuesday as more World Cup 2014 qualifiers continue.
Xoel, The Voice of FC Barcelona on Bleacher Report.
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