Best Free Kick Takers in Football (Soccer)


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The Top Ten

Juninho Pernambucano
In all aspect guy is a guru in free kick taking, even in a tight corner he deliver better result, I can remember the he took against Barcelona in a champions league match is kick was outstanding to an extent it force Victor Valdes to fumble. To me is the greatest in taking free kick.
Juninho is one of the only players to score more than 40 free kicks in his career (Beckham was in the 30s). Not only is that impressive, but some of the spots he managed to score from which were way outside the box! Talk about power and dipping skills! If the question was "who puts the craziest curve on the ball during a free kick", then Beckham rules all day. Juninho was the most EFFECTIVE and his statistics prove that.
There's a huge gap between beckham and juninho, not saying beckham shouldn't be second, but juninho is the best by a long shot.
[Newest]There is no competition here.
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2David Beckham
He treated his game like an art and he was the artist!
How is Becks not at number 1, he is the best by a country mile. You would pay just to watch a beckham freekick exhibition, his freekicks are footballing artistry.
He is simply the best... Followed by Zico.
He is a one of the most hard working player I've never known despite of all the fame he got outside and inside the field. He never lost his cool - Respect!
[Newest]The best midfielder ever I have seen
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3Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano is always number 1... Period... Show me a better free kick than the one against portsmouth a few years back at Old Trafford?


Amazing his still in hi career but his not yet finished!
Beckham and juninho have never shot a free kick from more than 45 yards. But ronaldo has.. Against arsenal. He should be number 1.
[Newest]Ronaldo is the best is #1
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He is the best there is... The ball always finds the extreme top corner near to the far post... Scored an amazing low shot freekick against werder bremen. Top that and then talk
Here's the facts: Beckham may have a little more skill than Ronaldinho. But he can't curl a ball into a goal like Ronaldinho can. Ronnie can do it from anywhere on the pitch. He scored an amazing, amazing, amazing goal against England in the '02 World Cup. He was at least 35-40 meters from the goal. Beckham always takes them from about 25-30 meters, and if it's anymore than that, Madrid will get Roberto Carlos to power-shot one into the goal. Also in the year that Barcelona won the champions League (last season-05/06), Ronnie and Barca played against the Italian team Udinese. Ronaldinho scored a hat trick... From 3 DIRECT FREE KICKS. If you don't believe me, check the statistics yourself.
He keeps it simple but strategist and he has the cool needed to maintain while a kick.


[Newest]He is the greatest of all times

5Roberto Carlos
I had seen his one goal that is really impossible
Brazil vs France, Real Madrid the best long range free kicks ever
no one is like roberto carlos in free kicks
[Newest]No one can beat him

6Andrea Pirlo
Pirlo can use both the inside and outside of his foot for free kicks and his consistency is second only to Juninho.
He was my favorite midfielder and in fifa 11 he was supposed to be a good free kick taker and I agree to it. In 2010, he scored at a distance of 35 m and for the keeper it is full stretch.
He is the best player in all the world and has a super super free kick and powerful shot and very accurate
[Newest]He is the best

7Sinisa Mihajlovic
Sinisa tira la BOMBA! A very rare left-footed free kick specialist who knew to combine power, accuracy and swerve all together. Free kicks from 25 meters were for him like penalties. A free kick hat-trick hero vs. Sampdoria, and many, many beautiful goals like the one when he scored a goal through the legs of the Udinese keeper from 30 meters far out... Too bad he didn't used "knuckle ball" technique from free kicks, who knew what would happened if he used that... Rumour has it, that his powerful left foot shot reached top speed of 165 kh during a research from the Department of Physics at the University in Belgrade. The best free kick taker in the world...
he holds the record for most international free-kicks. AND he scored a hat-trick from free kicks too
[Newest]So underrated, the only pro to score a free kick hat-trick!

8Alessandro del Piero
Del Piero scored the most free kicks in the history of Serie A and the European Champions League! He is the best of all this list, Hands down.
One more thing you have to bear in mind is that Del Piero scored in the Italian League (Serie A) which has the best defenses and most experienced goal keepers (compared to the French League or any League in that matter! )
The greatest player ever! His good attitude, personality, professional player..
His goals against Real Madrid in the European Champions League 2008/2009. He is the Legend of Football, the Legend of Juventus who all the Juventini proud of!
Del Piero >> The greatest player!
he scored so many goals from freekicks that he's probably the best takers... or at least in my opinion
[Newest]Goal against Real Madrid and Zenit!

9Lionel Messi
Messi is a really good free kick taker if he shoots almost every time he scores he shoots in top or low corners that's the key of free kicks
Does anyone remember the free kick where he put it under the wall... Cheeky and pure genius... Messi is by far the best player as well as the best free kick taker
This Argentinian central forward player is the record man of golden balls: 4: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. But his rival: Cristiano Ronaldo won the golden ball of 2013. And this year, we think about robben, messi, or, James Rodriguez to win the golden ball France football. This player began in 2004, with the Newell' OLD BOYS, in Argentina. Then, in 2005, he goes to FC Barcelona and became their star with 8 league titles, 1 champions league winners and 6 copa del Reys. He's like the best player ever.
[Newest]No one can beat him but people are not voting for him because of jealous

10Pierre van Hooijdonk
Feyenoord won the UEFA cup because of this gift of Van Hooijdonk, every single match, again and again
"put your hands up for Pi-air... That's what we used to sing! Really cool, it was like half a penalty when he took a free kick close to the penalty area!
Scored 14 goals in all competitions at his first season in Rotterdam. I have never seen anything like it
[Newest]Put your hands up for Pierre! Amazing free kicks...

The Contenders

11Steven Gerrard
The most controlled free-kick taker I ever saw!


Does nothing fancy but still achieves the best result... Some people A.K. A ronaldo try to do too much and their free kicks end up in the crowd!


He's the only guy that just uses sheer power to cannon the ball in. Just look at his free-kick against Newcastle United
[Newest]He is world number 1. He I s the legend

i don't care what anyone says, i firmly believe zico is the best on free kicks, he has no match.
Pele said to Zico " Your the best soccer player ever and your the closest person that went to my greatness"
ARRGGH! These lists are terrible! Zico is the best ever, or at least in the top 10, yet he is beaten by the likes of Van Persie, Drogba AND Nobby Solano!
[Newest]The only one in the list that might be at the same level is Juninho

13Gheorghe Hagi
big star. great shoots. Carpathian maradona. uefa cup 2000 winner. super cup winner. Hagi galatasaray clup player and past technical director. Romania super star.
He surely has to be in the top 5!
He could score from any distance, not just outside of the box. Also to put on top of this he could score from any angle which he proved in International team matches as well as Champions league and domestic league matches. Without a doubt the most frequent and best free kick taker in history!
[Newest]He definitely needs to be in the top 5! Maybe not better than juninho but absolutely better than Christiano and ronaldinho!

14Robin van Persie
He has an amazing speed, curve and power in his kicks plus I think he has the best left foot in the premier league. He is awesome.
Powerful left foot. He takes it so well.
Killer left foot with with class, he lost it because of injuries but still videos are evidence, and still he can come back to same level..
[Newest]Robin van persie is my favourite player

15Diego Maradona
There's nothing to say. Simply the Greatest of all times. Magic. Go and see all his goals and you'll understand why he was the best.
The thing that defined maradona was he's dribbling and of course the hand of god.
Speechless for this player, he's not human but he's God...
[Newest]He's the best ever! He should be in the top te

16Shunsuke Nakamura
Nakamura is great player, he can provide feedback to the striker and allows the striker to score and with a fitting accuracy of the kick, he can score goals from dead ball shot
Week in, week out, Naka sticks them in from free kicks! Keepers just cannot get to the ball in time... Simply UNBELIEVABLE! Hail! Hail!
Nakamura is simply the best at free kicks. Not only that but his ball control, his football brain and passing. He is even good enough to play in the premiership (please don't leave us). He is awesome


[Newest]A Naka free kick around the box is as good as a penalty when he's taking it..

17Wayne Rooney
He should have become before. But there is a reason for this because he doesn't take any free kicks at all. He should prctise more and come to the top.
He is the best free kicker in the world
He's one of the most complete players.. maybe he's not the best in free kicks.. maybe not the best at dribbling.. but his game can be a force for victory in all games.. just Wazza..

18Juan Arango
How the hell this guy is not on the list.
I have seen like 50 goals on free kicks that he did, But he is underrated by lots of people..
High accuracy in long distance.. Is amazing, is simply magic when he kicks the ball, he makes easy the difficult
He is one of the best in the world he should be top 10 no doubt
[Newest]He should be number one.

19Roberto Rivelino
Rivelino's shots had power, curves, surprising placement. He defined free-kick specialist. Scored incredible free kicks on the biggest stage. He did it when the ball was still big, slow and heavy. Ronaldinho and Maradona are self-idenfied disciples.

20Ryan Giggs
Best and talented free kick taker

21Wesley Sneijder
Because he plays for the best team in the (REAL MADRID) he has scored 4 goalz this year and 3 were on a free kick
Ps. Madrid are gonna smash roma in the champions league

22Thierry Henry
Great Man.. Great player... God of football.. Best footballer ever.. Scored 20 free kick goals (screamers.. While just for Arsenal.. LEGEND)
He is god of arsenal taken retake of freekick and scored it like a boss
Cracking Striker!
Hits bangers all day long.

23Juan Roman Riquelme
The more creative midfielder that soccer have right now. His free kicks are just too accurate. For me the best with Nakamura.
Man He Is Good Fit For Bayern Munchen Ill Tell You That He Is Good Free Kicker Good At Curve

Power, curve, and genius placement: Rivellino scored absolutely classic game-changing direct-free-kick goals against Czechoslovakia and East Germany upon the biggest World stage. Yet, he gunned his shots in while the balls were still heavy and slow. Rivellino must be a top 10 direct-kick specialist of all times; perhaps top 5.

Go watch footage of Rivellino, you will not be sorry. He was the original master of elastico, had a rare close-control dribble mastery in dense traffic. All time greats like Ronaldinho and Maradona are self-proclaimed disciples of his. And as one of the original direct-kick specialists, he introduced shots that few can ever repeat.
Just watch his free kicks on you tube, I think he deserves at least 10th place, he had such accurracy and power, few players now have such.

25Ashkan Dejagah
I love you ashkan
Reza of iran
He is a good football player
Ashkan technique is the best

26Rogério Ceni
Best in Brasil even according to Juninho Pernambucano
Around 60 goals with perfect technique. This is insane, even for midfielders!

27Alvaro Recoba
Alvaro Recoba is the greatest free kick taker in the world and shooter the first game he played foe inter he scored the best goal I have ever seen even the english commentators were amased at the power of the kick with no run up to shoot.
not only in shooting freekick that even greatest
but he done well also in passing freekick.
his passing freekick bring the goals so many too
He is the best left free kick player in the world
Recoba have a quality passing, can play as striker or play maker..
His left foot strike just be silent of goalkeeper
[Newest]He's pro free kicker

28Ali Karimi
™ ali karimi is the best football player in the world♥
He is the best in the world
Ostad ali karimi 8888888888888888888888888888888888

29Ronald Koeman
Maybe the youngsters can't remember how good he was at free kicks.
For me, easy top ten
Hah? Koeman should be the 7th instead... A goal against Pagliuca in 1992?

30Zinedine Zidane
though zidane lacks power when passing and doesn't lift the ball high up in the air like beckham, ronaldinho, or pirlo, he still manages to score from an average range. he doesn't have speed like carlos or accuracy like juninho, however he's still fairly better than those regular soccer players you see
He is claim and more released when taking penalties. His targets are serious for the keep to caught.
Zinedine is the best player in the world

Guys! Alex is different from other free-kick takers because he has de ability to fire his bullet shot to his preferred position... and at last the Goal-keeper will not get a chance to touch the ball... that's Allexx

Alex's freekicks are the BOMB! He proven his worthyness vs arsenall

32Diego Forlan
The key to succes in Uraguay.

33Roberto Baggio
The divine ponytail was a player ahead of his time. His touch, creativity and skill were second to none. He scored loads of amazing free kicks at Fiorentina, Juventus, AC Milan, Bologna, Inter and Brescia. I particularly recall a very intelligent freekick he took while at inter. Everyone expected a cross and he fooled them all and passed it into the net. At Brescia he took a corner kick directly into the net during a league game against Leece. A true legend!

34Mehdi Kiani

35Francesco Totti
He is just one of his kind.. There's just no other one to compare him with.. Completely versatile with both foot. This is a player that doesn't care of the leg to score or shot with at any given time in sight of goal.. In terms of foot versatility, especially with chips, shots and volleys.. And all sorts of goals, I haven't seen any as accurate as he is. Not even Christiano Ronaldo, Kaka and some others of today are close enough..
He provides passes from anywhere.. In fact just get to watch his bests.. Only that he was unlucky with world best player awards.. Just like my Jay-Jay Okocha..
just have a look at his free kicks as good as any in the top 10. Also, lovely volley and semi volley shots on the run from outside the penalty box. Magico He's a beast
Master of the art. Among the elite. As is Andrea Pirlo.

36Nolberto Solano
He's scored greatest goals in Sporting Cristal, Boca Jrs, Newcastle, Aston Villa, West Ham United and the Peruvian national team.
Solano deserves to be ranked in the top ten or maybe at least 11, 12 or 13.
He is one of the best, even Maradona called him "Maestrito"
[Newest]The best free kicker in the history of newcastle

37Alex de Souza
Consistent delivery with perfect precision and good speed
He might not score from free directly all the time. But he assists from them too... He assists 10 goals per season at least from free kicks, scores at least 2-3 from them...
So calm and clean shoot. Keep his nervs in cool mood what ever the pressure of the game is... Consistent delivery with perfect precision and good speed.

38Michel Platini
I'm actually very shocked that Michael Platini, the man who revolutionized the free kick, who reinvented it, isn't in the top 3, but what's worse is that he's not even in the top ten. He had accuracy that only Juninho and Beckham could match, and he put the ball over the wall and under the bar with such pace that few people realized how near impossible it was to take a free kick the way he did. This list is flawed. Platini, then Juninho, then Beckham, the C. Ronaldo and the rest of the top 20 are about even...
He in my opinion is not the greatest ever free kick taker, however he is the inventor and perfecter of the "over the wall, under the bar" free kick and deserves to be number 4 (behind 1. Cristiano Ronaldo 2. David Beckham 3. Juninho) because he revolutionized the art of taking a direct free kick.
He is good, kok bisa gak masuk 10 besar? Laugh out loud
Ayoo vote naik terus bray, zico, bambang pamungkas yes

39Milan Radovic
Milan Radovic is the best free kick taker... now Milan Radovic played for Persib Bandung Team From Indonesian...
Your curve and power in his kicks plus I think he has the best. THANKS MILAN RADOVIC YOUR FREE KICK AND GOAL WINS
This is...
The next Yunus Fauzan Apriliatna, and he is Persib Bandung player
[Newest]Thanks Radovic for your free kick in PERSIB BANDUNG


40Didier Drogba
DROGBA THE LION.. awesome free kicks just brilliant, and I love alex too.. he's also one of the best free-kick takers
Didier drogba I think he is the best free kick-taker in the world because he is fast and a good aimer in front of goal
he seems to be improving at an alarming rate. Great finisher and awesome free-kick taker

41Leighton Baines
54? You can't be serious, he is better than all of these minor league players in the middle east above him, if you don't believe me, watch clips on YouTube!
Leighton Baines is the set piece king without a doubt.
Baines in very consistent because if he doesn't score a freekick, it's gets on target or hits the frame of the goal.

42Frank de Boer


44Javad Nekounam
He is the best player in iran and asia... Amir haqiqi from iran-mashhad 444444444444444444444444444444444
Javad is the best. I love him

Farzad fro chalous iran
Best player in ASIA.

45Reza Ghoochannejhad

46Sejad Salihovic
He's really underrated but has an amazing shot with his left foot, he's one of the best free kick takers in Europe.
Most underrated free kick taker. Look up Salihovic free kick vs. Turkey and dortmund... Or any other ones
See some freekicks by him, they're amazing. Watch the one against Turkey
[Newest]Extremely underrated... But will get more prominence after the world cup

47Zlatan Ibrahimović
What are you serious he is way better than those kiddy league noobs from the Middle East above him and baines

48Frank Ribery
Man Did You See His Five Free Kicks In The World Cup They Were Awesome Did You See There Curve They Were Incredible He Should Be Number 15 Or 10 at least 15 maybe 10 He He Can Score Them When He Wants To

49Frank Lampard
FRANK! FRANK! FRANK! Best free kick/penalty taker ever! Have you seen him miss?
Are all the people out off their minds. Lampard is best free kick taker in whole universe and from when is baichung bhutia better than him. He is aWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AND AWESOME
You go to milan

50Marco van Basten

51Robert Jarni

52Selçuk İnan
His Free kicks are amazing, since 2011 he is one of the best "freekicker" in the World!
His accuracy is unbelieveable. His free kicks are more dangerous than a penalty
When he decides to take freekicks, the goal is beyond doubt.

53Xavi Hernandez
Fabulous. This guy is good.

54Arief Fathurrahman
Indonesian player? I don't even know who is he... but I'd vote him
not really famous..but has an amazing talent


i've ever seen the match between LPJ Gol.III/XI and FO's. he made a fantastic goal by curling the ball from distance...what a strike!!!!

55Karim Ansarifard
یا'اسین انصاریفرد یا'اسین اذربایجان یا'اسین تراختور انصاریفرد بیا تراختور

56Darijo Srna
He isn't well known just because he doesn't play for a big club or country but he certainly belongs to this list. He's got great power and accuracy and can score from any angle. He's not only a great but great player as well and one of the best full back in the world.

57Honda Keisuke
Should be loads higher, he is an actual tank and has ridiculously good curving skills, he's up there with the best in my opinion, top ten I believe, without a shadow of a doubt.
Couple years ago, Japan vs hong kong. If that free kick doesn't convince you he's the best nothing will.
Not famous world-wide but a young prospect for the next decade.
[Newest]Honda's free kicks has kept Japan alive in many world cup games.

58Kieran Gibbs

59Farhad Majidi
Farhad majidi is the most popular soccer in the world
fahad love

60Ponaryo Astaman
Fantastic ponaryo astaman.. The best free kick.. He is player in sriwijaya fc palembang

61Bhaichung Bhutia
The legend of Indian football. Good to see him in top 50.

62Sagar Thapa
Captain of Nepali football team. His free kick against Bangladesh was awesome.
He is the best free kicker in the world
He is best captain of Nepal team

63Pabel Pardo
he was one of the best free kick takers in the mexican league and there was a reason y they wanted him in Stuttgart because of his free kicks and becaise he plays good this also goes for Ricardo Osorio!!!
He was one of the few best soccer free kick shooters in the mexican league and now he has made it to the germany team in stuttgart as a starter player along with Osorio.

64Morten Gamst Pedersen

65Michael Owen

66Ashley Young
He's a pretty good free kick player and is Uniteds best best free kick taker by a long shot. He should be at least in the top 20come on people

67Xabi Alonso
hesby far only got 1 better
free kick taker
Steven Gerrard by far
talented free kick taker and well he deserves to be number 4

68Charlie Adam

69Sebastian Larsson
His freekicks are sublime
5 goals from set pieces/freekicks
Seb is a specialist. He deserves to be higher on this list! He is amazing free kick taker and has a wicked right foot.

70Katlego Mphela

71Andrés Iniesta

72Luis Figo
He Can use Any Foot He Wants And Is A Legend
Best all Time Can Use Both Sides Of His Foot He Is Awesome
Maybe the best winger ever... Left and right, and even as a 10 he was special, look at his goal againt Danmark...

73Mikel Arteta

74John Aloisi

75Gianfranco Zola
100% should be in top 10 without doubt. All distances and from and angle. Genius who worked harder than most to become an expert in this field. Model Pro
Zola would be higher in the list if he was still playing today, just watch old footage of his free kicks and you can see for yourself.
Laugh out loud.. ! Zola isn't in the top 10 list... Maybe they just know football since 2005... Very surprising at all...

76Marcos Assuncao
Incredible, best ever... But little attention because he plays in Brazil and not Europe
When beckham still play for real madrid, there is a free kick game for clubs in spain, guess who's winning, "Marcos assuncao"

77Jaime Lozano

78Mark Kewell
Who's the imbecile who wrote this, his name is Harry Kewell not Mark, and he's not that good at taking free-kicks.

79Bernd Scheider
Best German Kicker Out There He Takes The Corners And Free Kicks He Can Score Free Kicks When He Wants To

80Mohammed Abo Tricka
Excellent Player. Scored some wonderful free kicks in his time. Quite underrated.

81David Silva

82Iván Valenciano

83Oleksandr Aliyev
Man if you see his free kicks and his accuracy and the shot power you will be amazed. He is a specialist seriously check him out on you-tube!

84Eden Hazard
Its quite funny this guy is not in between 1-20, the youngest freekick taker in the world footballing history
Great power and curve

85Fernando Arce

86Mark VanBommel
Man He Can Use Both Feet He Is Amazing He Takes Bayerns Free Kick And He Scores A lot OF Them He Should be Number 20

87David Bentley

88Patrich Wanggai

89Rafael van der Vaart

90Kevin Doyle
Ridiculous, can't kick snow off a rope, and I'm Irish
I think his better the messic

91Juan Mata

92Bernard Parker

93Sabri Sarioglu

94Christian Eriksen
Brilliant indirect free kick, his direct free kick has also much improved.

95Alan Stubbs

96Hristo Yanev

97Johan Cruyff

98Jorg Albertz

99Eri Irianto
Eri Irianto (Sidoarjo, 12 January 1974 - Surabaya, 3 April 2000) was a former player of Persebaya Surabaya. He died on the 3rd April 2000 after collapsing with a heart attack on the pitch during a league match against PSIM Yogyakarta at Gelora 10 November Stadium. The mess was renamed from Persebaya and is now "Wisma Eri Irianto". He wore number 19 which was retired after his death.

100Clint Dempsey

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