Lionel Messi Gets Creative With Genius Barcelona Free-Kick [WATCH]

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

Getty Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez celebrate at Celta

Lionel Messi had to get creative on Saturday against Celta Vigo in La Liga to tee up Luis Suarez for Barcelona’s opening goal.

The Argentina international has been lethal with free-kicks this season which has led to teams defending in numbers whenever Barcelona is awarded a set-piece in and around the penalty area.

Celta was no exception on Saturday when Barca won a free-kick for a foul on Arturo Vidal. The Galicians had all 10 outfield players behind the ball and two men on the goal line along with their goalkeeper:

Yet it was still no problem for Messi. Instead of going for goal himself the Barcelona captain simply placed the ball on Suarez’s head for an easy header:

The goal was Suarez’s 12th in La Liga this season and his first since returning from knee surgery in January. Messi’s assist was his 16th of the current campaign.

Messi Loves Set-Pieces Against Celta

Barcelona were always likely to need a piece of genius to unlock a strong Celta defense. The hosts came into the game with an excellent recent record at the back. Oscar Garcia’s side had conceded just once in their last seven matches in the Spanish top flight

Yet they could not keep out Barcelona and could have conceded earlier. Defender Gerard Pique put a header onto the crossbar from a Messi corner in the opening minutes of the match.

Their resistance was finally broken on 20 minutes when Suarez headed home after combining with Messi yet again against Celta.

Messi also caused Celta all sorts of problems in the previous fixture between the two clubs at the Camp Nou earlier in the season. The 33-year-old netted a penalty and two free-kicks in a 4-1 win for the defending champions.

Suarez Closing In on Landmark

Suarez struck again in the second half to make it 2-1 for Barcelona. His second goal means he is now just one away from reaching a huge Barcelona landmark.

The Uruguayan is currently the fourth-highest goalscorer in Barcelona’s history but just one behind László Kubala in third place on the list.

The striker has previously spoken about his desire to beat Kubala’s record in an interview with Barca TV.

“I always say that records or landmarks come by themselves. You just need to focus on helping the team as best you can. The chance to move past a legend like Kubala is very welcome. It means you left your mark at a great club like Barca.”

The only players to score more goals for Barcelona than Kubala are Cesar Rodriguez and Messi.

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