Messi close to breaking free-kick record

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Lionel Messi was at his stunning best yet again, as he helped Argentina secure a 1-0 victory over Ecuador, in a World Cup qualifying match.

Messi bent in a trademark free-kick in the 78th minute to seal the winner for Argentina.

It was his 65th career free-kick goal – a stunning record that’s only bettered by one person, Juninho.

Juninho currently holds the record for career free-kick goal, which stands at 77 goals.

Messi is just 12 goals away from matching the milestone.

It’s now left to see if Messi can match or even surpass the record before his playing career is over.