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Lionel Messi has made over 50 free throw attempts without scoring, which is not at all surprising considering the ingenious methods teams are using to stop the Barcelona superstar’s magical ability.
Cádiz was the latest site to show the smart way to stop the scoring attacker from dead ball situations, as they packed their line and six-yard box at least twice in last night’s win.
Cádiz broke the odds for a surprise 2-1 victory against Ronald Koeman’s team.
How did Cádiz defend Messi’s free throws? pic.twitter.com/y6t5s00TfG
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 5, 2020
Teams have figured out how to prevent Lionel Messi from scoring free throws and it’s working.
Ladies and gentlemen, we may not see a Lionel Messi free-kick goal for a long time. pic.twitter.com/fFkvdNb2bd
– Yes ?? r ?? Sókè? (@____Gustav) December 6, 2020
With this in mind, is it time for Lionel Messi and Barcelona to start experimenting with short free-throw routines that could catch opponents by surprise?