Lionel Messi scores a magnificent free-kick for PSG as Nice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is rooted to the spot and doesn’t even try to dive, then Kylian Mbappe snatches the late winner

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Lionel Messi scores a magnificent free-kick for PSG as Nice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is rooted to the spot and doesn't even try to dive, then Kylian Mbappe snatches the late winner
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Lionel Messi once again showed his irrefutable class with a marvelous free-kick for PSG in their 2-1 win over Nice on Saturday night.

The Argentine icon made it look effortless like never before as he lifted the ball over the wall and into the back of Kasper Schmeichel’s net during their Ligue 1 game at the Parc des Princes.

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Messi defies description

Schmeichel Didn't Even Dive

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Schmeichel didn’t even dive

The game started relatively quietly before Messi took center stage in the 28th minute.

It was he who won the free kick to start as he charged towards the goal.

Dante brought him down on the edge of the box, creating the perfect chance.

Messi of course stepped up to take the free kick.

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Messi and Neymar celebrated together

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

His 60th free-kick goal left Kasper Schmeichel frozen in place as he struck the back of the net.

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

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

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Messi is at a unique club with 60 career goals from direct free kicks

Remarkably though, PSG were caught in the second half.

Gaétan Laborde scored an important equalizer for Nice in the 47th minute.

In the end though, the strength of the French champions’ attack took their 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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