Wolves’ Nelson Semedo claims former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi didn’t practice free-kicks in training

Messi & free-kicks

Lionel Messi will of course go down in history as one of, if not the greatest footballer of all time.

The Argentine can do it all, including scoring some sensational free-kicks over the years.

The most memorable one for fans of the English game in recent years is probably that goal against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final:

Messi has since gone on to score several more, and overtook Cristiano Ronaldo’s club free-kick tally earlier this year:

Semedo on Messi

Now, though, Wolves defender Nelson Semedo has made a rather big claim about Messi and his free-kicks.

Semedo joined Wolves in the delayed summer transfer window, but before that, he was plying his trade at the Camp Nou, where he of course played alongside Messi.

And when asked in a recent interview with the Telegraph, what was it like training with Messi, the Portuguese gave a lengthy response, that included him claiming that Messi did not practice free-kicks in training:

“Wow. I really don’t have many words that can describe how good he is.

“You know what makes him even more amazing? I never once saw him take a free-kick in training, in all of the time I was there. I swear he never did! 

“We always used to practice shooting from distance but Messi never took a free-kick. For him, it was just natural.

“They say practice makes perfect – with him it was no practice and it was still perfect!

“An unbelievable player, you can’t explain it to anyone really. The free-kick against Liverpool [in the Champions League semi-final in May 2019], I was standing right behind him.

“In one of my first games in Barcelona, he got the ball and went past three, four and then five players. Subconsciously I was there on the pitch thinking “how can this guy do this?” He makes good players look bad.”

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