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Messi scored a brilliant free kick against Premier League giants Liverpool last season in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal.

But how did Messi get so good at them?

Former Argentine coach Diego Maradona has claimed that he taught Barcelona star Lionel Messi how to take free-kicks.

Diego Maradona received an excellent reception upon his unveiling as manager of Gimnasia and led the crowd in anti-English chants.

Maradona worked with Messi during his spell at national team coach between 2008 and 2010.

And in that time, he says he passed on some advice to help Messi become close to unstoppable from set-pieces.

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Some 25,000 Argentine soccer fans on Sunday cheered the country's legendary World Cup victor Diego Maradona as he kicked off his new role as coach of the local club Gimnasia y Esgrima to revive the struggling team. He was incredible. After training had finished, we stayed behind to practice shooting.

While the fans cheered, Maradona was then ushered into a golf buggy to take him to the centre circle. "I only said: "You need to hit it into the middle", he added whilst laughing.

"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".

"For all the support that you give them, they're going to give you something extra to win games and we're going to win". Now he just can't miss, " Maradona told reporters.

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