Scoring from the free kicks is pure fun and this is what gives a lot of pleasure to the fans.
A great skill and a lot of practice and patience in the training which requires much of perfection in the pitch, the world football has seen a lot of free kick takers and only a few of them are very good at it.
As per the football stats, an average of 9% of the total free kicks taken are converted to goal. Over the last few years, the beautiful game of football has seen some great world class set piece takers and here let us take a look at those top 10s.
10. Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure was one of the Premier League’s best players in his prime. A box to box attacking midfielder with some great defensive skills as well, the Ivorian was instrumental in his title winning season with Manchester City in 2012 and 2014. Also a part of Barcelona’s highest title winning season of 6, Toure has been praised much with his breathtaking finishing through free kicks.
9. Lionel Messi
Despite reaching to the acme as a striker in world football in a very tender age, Lionel Messi is regarded as a late bloomer when it come to taking free kicks.
However, over the past two years Messi has been really good with his feet when it comes to taking free kicks, specially when he plays for Barcelona. His perfectly timed free kick against Real Madrid is regarded as one of the best free kicks ever taken.
8. Frank Lampard
With one of the finest goal conversion rates through free kicks, Chelsea’s Frank Lampard is the highest ever goal scoring midfielder in the premier league.
With over 200 goals in the premier league, most of them have come from penalities and free kicks.
Having won 3 premier leagues, 4 FA cups and a champions league with the Blues side, Frank Lampard has been known for his long range efforts on goal.
7. Steven Gerrard
English captain and the legend for Liverpool, Steven Gerrard is considered to be the best English player ever.
The only player to have scored a goal in the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA cup and Champions league final, Steven Gerrard is exceptional when it comes to taking free kicks.
6. Andrea Pirlo
One of the best and most respected players of the generation, Andrea Pirlo is considered a maestro when it comes to taking free kicks.
His incredible vision to penetrate the ball through the wall is what people consider his best quality. Pirlo went on to Juventus and excelled and also guided Italy to the Euro Finals in 2012 with a perfectly timed free kick against Croatia.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
The finest player in world football today, Cristiano Ronaldo is one the best free kick takers today. Having scored some stunning goals through free kicks throughout his career with Manchester United and now with Real Madrid, Ronaldo is best known for his unique free kick stance.
His goal against Portsmouth while at United is considered as one of the finest goals in Premier League history.
4. David Beckham
The best free kick taker ever to play for England, David Beckham is not only famous for his amazing hairstyles but also with his great set pieces. “Bend it like Beckham” is what praises the great football. Having played for top teams in Europe with Manchester United, Real Madrid and PSG, David Beckham is best known for his stunning free kick in the 2002 World Cup against Greece in the last minute of the game.
The most respected player in football history, Ronaldinho is considered as one of the finest players of this generation. With abilities to do anything with a ball on his feet, Ronaldinho has scored some great free kicks for his country Brazil and his old club Barcelona where he enjoyed a terrific career.
2. Roberto Carlos
Nobody can forget a short height, bald headed Brazilian when it comes to taking free kicks. A left wing back and the ex- Galactico player known for his amazing speed, long throws and trademark free kicks, Roberto Carlos has always been the best when it comes to taking Banana kicks. With great speed that he puts in his shots, Carlos free kicks are even times to reach 105 miles per hour, the best one coming against France in the year 1997.
1. Juninho Pernambucano
Juninho Pernambucano might not have been much famous with the players listed here but Juninho is no doubt the finest free kick taker of the decade. Having known as free kick specialist, Juninho took his side Lyon to seven consecutive titles before moving out of the club in 2009.
Juninho Pernambucano is said to have had the ability to turn the direction of the ball twice in the air and he also scored his last goal for Lyon through a free kick. Having had a free kick taking accuracy of 97%, the highest ever and more than when it comes to taking penalties than any other player, Juninho retired from football on February 2, 2014 at Vasco da Gama.