The 20 Best Known Free Kick Takers In The History Of Soccer

With avid football fans, the match reaches the boiling point when one team choose to do a free kick. It can be considered as the best goal scoring opportunity without the other team getting involved. Hence, free-kicks require both proper tactics and skilled players to take this chance.

His succeed will definitely rise to fame. This technic shows how skillful football players are and it also helps create a chance to bring home gold medal. Let see who are in the top 20 footballers who have the most terrific free kick of all time. 

20. Zinedine Zidane

He is a talented Sporting Director, manager and also a professional football player from France. He used to be a Special Advisor for Jose Mourinho. Since then, he had more chances to learn and pick up experiences from other footballers. He didn’t follow one single technic in the match but always tried several techniques to lead his team to victory.

19. Gianfranco Zola

This professional footballer comes from Italia. Chelsea had entered into an agreement with Gianfranco Zola in 1996 and this makes a significant contribution to building this legend. He was one of the most important players of the team who won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the League Cup and scored 193 goals. 

18. Alessandro Del Piero

He is known as a free-kick specialist who is one of the greatest goalscorers in Serie A history. He made his first debut in Serie A and scored his very first goal at the second match with Reggiana. He did a great performance in the 2011-2012 season as well as helped his team score 2–1 with an excellent free-kick.

17. Roberto Baggio

This impressive footballer was the only one who could score at three World Cup matches in a row (in 1990, 1994 and 1998). Not only that, his goals were recognized as one the most spectacular goals of Azzurri at World Cup seasons. However, this legend played his last match in 2004 and totally left his career since then.

16. Gheorghe Hagi

This professional footballer was voted the best player of the match 6 times at Romania. His precise long shot and incredible personal technic made a name for himself. He played for both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and he was also the one who saved and rose Romanian football to glory.

15. Andrea Pirlo

He is an Italian footballer who won the Serie A Player of the Year award in three consecutive years (2011, 2012 and 2013). He was recognized as a world-class midfielder and also one of the most talented free-kick specialists of all time. Pirlo announced to leave his career at the age of 36 in 2011 when the New York City FC club cannot pass the playoff MLS.

14. Pele

Pele is the soccer king who started his career when he was 15-year-old and won the World trophy two years later. Pele is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players because of his excellent ball control, passing ability, and powerful free-kick. This man is a forever legend.

13. Roberto Carlos

This former professional footballer was a hard-working player with incredible vision and terrific long free-kicks. He was entered the list of top 125 talented footballers in 2004 by the king of soccer – Pele.

12. Lionel Messi 

Messi is a football superstar who plays as the forward at Barcelona and Argentina national football team. He broke the record as the youngest footballer scored at the 2004-2005 season and top goalscorer with 50 goals at the 2011-2012 season. This terrific footballer seems to help his team return with triumphant all the time.

11. Jose Luis Chilavert 

Chilavert is a phenomenon in football history. He played as the goalkeeper who scored 59 goals in his life and brought victory for 8 clubs. Although he didn’t have his own goal at World Cup, his contribution to the team was undeniable.

10. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo – CR7 is the name that every football fans all around the world must know. He is a legend. His talented soccer skill started to show off when he was only an 8-year-old boy. In the 2017-2018 season, he contributed to the 3-1 victory which helped Real Madrid defeat Barca at Camp Nou.

9. Michel Platini 

Michel Platini is a former footballer of Juventus, the president in Union of European Football Association and also an experienced soccer coach. He received 15 cups and titles in many different seasons when he was at the peak of his career.

8. Ronald Koeman

Ronald made a big impression when he was a defender named in the Top 20 successful Dutchmen in world football. He has a passionate heart which always believes in the power of people coming from Netherland and this made his own strength. He won three Eredivisie titles and also played an important role in the win of his team.

7. Zico

Zico is both a famous Brazilian footballer and talented coach in football history. Zico’s reputation was made due to his lucid decision guided the team to win as well as the ability to control the ball in the field. He won an admirable number of individual titles such as Golden Foot Legend Awards in 2006, FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot in 1982, etc.

6. Diego Maradona

Diego is an Argentine former footballer. He exposed his striking ability at World Cup 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994 then became one of the World Cup legends. His amazing ability made him win Argentine Primera División top scorers, Coppa Italia top scorer, Greatest Football Players in World Cup History and much more impressive titles.

5. Ronaldinho

This is the world famous footballer who has 31 years of experiences in football, but he announced to leave his job in 2018.  He had scooped the best football player of the year award by FIFA two consecutive years (2004 and 2005) along with many other awards. Looking at his achievement all these years, we must confess that he had devoted himself fully to his career.

4. David Beckham

David Beckham used to be a well-known English footballer played as a midfield for lots of outstanding football clubs such as Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, A.C. Milan, etc. He has stopped playing football since 2013, but until now, his reputation still spreads like wildfire because of his striking free-kick, ball control skills and perfect goals during 20 years of his career.

3. Sinisa Mihajlovic

Sinisa Mihajlovic is called “The king of free-kick”. His shots are unpredictable with tremendous force came from his left foot which made other opponents hard to cope with.

2. Rogerio Ceni

Rogerio Ceni is a Brazil goalkeeper who is known as one of the top goal scorers in the world. He is not only good at catching the ball but also scoring. Ceni won numerous outstanding titles such as Campeonato Cearense Best Manager in 2019, FIFA Club World Cup MVP of the Final Match Trophy in 2005 and much more.

1. Juninho Pernambucano

Juninho Pernambucano is a talented Brazil footballer with his unique free-kick style. He is famous for having good vision and always comes up with brilliant strategies to help his team win the trophy.

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