Diego Maradona has revealed how he helped teach Lionel Messi how to take free-kicks during his time as coach of La Albiceleste of Argentina.
Maradona stated that during the period between 2008 and 2010, Messi sort his assistance over how to take free-kicks.
According to Maradona, the advice he gave Messi is part of why the Barcelona star has improved in that aspect of football.
Speaking on Messi who scored 8 direct free-kicks for Barcelona last season, Maradona was quoted by Daily Mail saying:
“Messi 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.
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“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.”