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Lionel Messi once again showed his irrefutable class with a wondrous free-kick for PSG in their 2-1 win over Nice on Saturday night

The Argentinian icon made it look effortless as ever when lifting the ball up over the wall and into the back of Kasper Schmeichel’s net in their Ligue 1 match at the Parc des Princes.

The game began relatively quietly before Messi took centre stage in the 28th minute.

It was he who won the free-kick to begin with as he charged towards goal.

Dante felled him on the edge of the box, setting up the perfect opportunity.

Messi of course stepped up to take the set piece.

As he had done 59 times previously in his incredible career, the 35-year-old fired the ball into the back of the net.

His 60th free-kick goal left Kasper Schmeichel rooted to the spot as it smashed the back of the net.

In the 21st century, only three players have netted more goals from direct free-kicks.

They are David Beckham (65), Ronaldinho (66) and Juninho (77).

Remarkably though, PSG were pegged back in the second half.

Gaetan Laborde fired home an important leveller for Nice on 47 minutes.

In the end though, the strength of the French champions’ attacking force took its toll on the visitors.

Kylian Mbappe scored to make it 2-1 in the 83rd minute and snatched all three points for PSG.


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