Best Free Kick Takers in Football (Soccer)

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The Top Ten

1 Juninho Pernambucano Juninho Pernambucano Antônio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Jr., commonly known as Juninho or Juninho Pernambucano, is a retired Brazilian footballer.

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.

He is the best by far Ronald o is only 3 because of popularity

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2 David Beckham David 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!

Best ever free kick taker. he could just whip it so well!

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3 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

Cristiano is always number 1... Period... Show me a better free kick than the one against portsmouth a few years back at Old Trafford? - xyz51007

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.

He should be 6 and to that who said beckham can t score from 45 yards plus he has multiple times instead of saying random things to watch his freekicks he even scored from 70 yards!

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4 Roberto Carlos Roberto Carlos Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, more commonly known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian retired footballer.

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

He should be ahead of ronaldo he has unreal curve that's even Buffon would struggle on in age 20 to 30 but 30 plus no chance

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5 Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a retired Brazilian footballer.

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

He keeps it simple but strategist and he has the cool needed to maintain while a kick. - monk-e

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.

Yo

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6 Andrea Pirlo Andrea Pirlo Andrea Pirlo is an Italian professional footballer who plays for American club New York City FC in Major League Soccer and the Italy national team.

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

Pirlo is SICK at free kicks!

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7 Sinisa 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

The greatest free kick taker of all time. period.

The best free kick taker I've ever seen.

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8 Alessandro del Piero Alessandro del Piero Alessandro Del Piero Ufficiale is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a deep-lying forward.

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! )

he scored so many goals from freekicks that he's probably the best takers... or at least in my opinion

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!

Simply the most artistic free kicks :) Just like a painter! Pinturichio

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9 Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. He is also known as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24th, 1987.

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

Lionel Andries Messi is the Greatest player of all the time, and now he is becoming the best free kick taker, he can curl the ball and whatever he want he can do, magician is small world for him, He is complete Genius.

Messi's Free kick is Awesome...

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10 Diego Maradona Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He is known for "The Goal of the Century" and the "Hand of God" goal.

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.

Thanks to god for gave this player

He is good

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The Contenders

11 Steven Gerrard Steven Gerrard Steven George Gerrard is an English professional footballer who plays for Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.

The most controlled free-kick taker I ever saw! - Wizteddy13

He's the only guy that just uses sheer power to cannon the ball in. Just look at his free-kick against Newcastle United

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! - kameel

The best ever!

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12 Pierre 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

25-30 or 45 meters. It doesn't matter for Pierre.

I remember he scored a free kick against Turkish club Ankaragücü from nearly center of the field.

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13 Shunsuke 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 - celtic4life

Beautiful Technique

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14 Zico

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 " You're the best soccer player ever and you're 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!

He is the only one to have scored more than Juninho, and it's "only" about 30 more...

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15 Juan Arango

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

Best left footer in actual times. No doubt about it

#1 best left for sure. Most underrated free kick taker in the world and perhaps should be top 5 hands down. He just happens to have played in not so great teams (Mallorca, Borussia Muchengladbach).

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16 Wesley Sneijder Wesley Sneijder Wesley Sneijder is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray and the Netherlands national team.

A Galatasaray Legend like Hagi.

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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

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17 Ryan Giggs Ryan Giggs Ryan Joseph Giggs is a Welsh football coach and former player who is currently the assistant manager at Manchester United and co-owner of Salford City.

Best and talented free kick taker

18 Gheorghe 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!

You can write a book about his right foot and at the end of it you should say his magic foot was his left one..

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19 Robin van Persie Robin van Persie Dutch footballer from Rotterdam born on August 6 1983. Currently plays for the Turkish club Fenerbahçe S.K and The Netherlands national football team as the number 11. Robin Van Persie is known for playing for Arsenal and Manchester United, though his most notable goal was his header against Spain ...read more.

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.

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..

Powerful left foot. He takes it so well.

He has a superb left foot

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20 Rivaldo

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.

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.

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