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‘I TAUGHT MESSI HOW TO SCORE FREE-KICKS’ – MARADONA

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Lionel Messi is arguably the finest free-kick taker in world football, and Diego Maradona claims he must take some of the credit for the Barcelona star’s stunning record.

“I coached the best, Messi, and nobody can tell me otherwise, because he was able to skip past up to five players – a phenomenon,” Maradona, the new boss of Gimnasia de La Plata, told reporters.

“He had an issue with free-kicks. When we finished every training session, we kept Leo behind so he could practice, and he started to hit the post.“I didn’t teach him how to take a free-kick, then he asked me how I was able to score.“I said, ‘you just have to hit it in the middle. They aren’t going to give me an Oscar to teach you this’.

“And he replied, ‘but I hit it in the middle and the ball goes this way or that way’ and I told him, ‘don’t worry, you’re going to make it’. Now he just can’t miss.”

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