Lionel Messi Scores Free-Kick to Complete Barcelona Comeback vs. Bilbao

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVApril 20, 2014

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, gestures after scoring against Athletic Bilbao during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Trailing 1-0 after 70 minutes against Athletic Bilbao, and facing their fourth consecutive defeat, things were looking dire for Barcelona. Then Pedro equalised in the 72nd minute, and Lionel Messi did the rest two minutes later.

After earning a free-kick just outside the box, Messi lined up to take the shot himself. This was the result:

Here's a GIF, via Reddit:

Via Reddit

It's been a tough season for Messi and Barcelona (by their incredibly high standards), but their La Liga hopes are still alive thanks to that strike.