Best Free Kick Takers in Football (Soccer)

The Top Ten
1 Juninho Pernambucano Antônio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Jr., commonly known as Juninho or Juninho Pernambucano, is a retired Brazilian footballer who is the sporting director of French club Olympique Lyonnais. A dead-ball specialist noted for his bending free kicks, in particular the knuckleball technique which he developed, Juninho holds the record for the highest number of goals scored through free kicks and he is considered by many to be the greatest free kick-taker of all time

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.

By far the best free kick taker in the world, and this is due to range and consistency. The technique used for most of is stiles is the knuckle ball technique with top spin, this is one of the hardest techniques to master when striking the ball. Juninho's use of this technique has seen him beat some of the worlds finest keepers, making some of them look like amateurs.

While Beckham may have been famous for bending the shot, Juninho is a class of his own especially from scoring from virtually impossible angle and distance. His knuckle ball created unpredictable yet accurate Swing that almost no keeper can catch. Not to mention those high and dipping free kick that give keeper no chance to reach.

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.

2 David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham is (born 2 May 1975) is an English former professional footballer, the current president & co-owner of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City.. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England national team, for which he held the appearance record for an outfield player until 2016. He is the first English player to win league titles in four countries: England, Spain, the United States and France. He retired in May 2013 after a 20-year career, during which he won 19 major trophies.

He's one of the most famous soccer players ever. First, because he's handsome and looks good and second, because he scores goals from far away. This English player is the master of the midfield position. He played for Manchester United, PSG, Los Angeles galaxy etc. and he's the player with the highest paid and one of the sexiest players ever. He's also richest player ever. And he also got in his and his kids's faces a golden liquid in Disney awards.

How is he #2 come on guys! There is a movie called bend it like beckham, all because of him. And why Andre Pirlo not in the top ten, he is definitely better than Messi at free kicks. Messi is dribbler and some one who chips it over the goalie and makes the entire other team look pathetic with his awesomeness but he doesn't even take free kicks for Barcelona, Xavi does

Even though there were many other players which were taking free kicks in a great way, for me, Beckham was the best in case of this element of football. This was the guy that I simply enjoyed (and still enjoy) to watch shooting from a free kick. Also his passes and corner kicks were great.

Simply exquisite ball bending precision. He stood peerless and his goals were just marvelous. He had an innate ability to calculate trajectory wind speed and force application. To see it happen was just special and it wasn't about numbers but the feeling when he was in action.

3 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team.

Ronaldo is simply prolific when it comes to set pieces, he has scored more than 50 free kicks through out his career. The pace, power and swerve is what makes him so feared and set apart from all other set piece specialist.

He is simply the greatest and most consistent footballer of his decade,he is simply football himself and light years ahead of anyone playing the sport.

An active legend, there is nothing this man can't do. At times tries to put to much power into the freekick, making him miss at times, but when he hits the ball good, no one can stop the kick. The best active free-kick taker in my opinion, for sure in the top 5 of all time FK takers, if not top 3. By the end of his career, as he gains a bit more intelligence in FK and any other situation, I believe he can be the GOAT, and the GOAT FK taker.

Some critics said in 2009, if Ronaldo keeps his free kick form for couple more years, he could be recognized as world's best free kick masters... Umm.. This is 2013... I don't think I can say anymore..
He has got everything under his belt.. His free kick has power, speed, precision.. A nightmare for any goalkeeper.

Ronaldo IS THE MAN! He is so amazing and deserves to be number 1. All those beautiful free kicks and yet his hair is still so beautiful? Impressive. He even runs the way he does so his hair doesn't get messed up. If he ran like a normal person, he would be faster than a professional sprinter!

4 Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona (October 30, 1960 - November 25, 2020) was an Argentine professional footballer. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. Maradona was given the nickname "El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Boy"). He was known for the "Goal of the Century" and the "Hand of God" goal. He died of cardiac arrest on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60

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...

5 Roberto Carlos Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha (born 10 April 1973), commonly known as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who now works as a football ambassador. He started his career in Brazil as a forward but spent most of his career as a left back and has been described as the "most offensive-minded left-back in the history of the game". Carlos is also widely considered one of the best left backs in history, and was also known as a free kick specialist throughout his career—his bending shots have measured at over 105 miles per hour (169 km/h). In 1997, he was runner-up in the FIFA World Player of the Year. He was chosen on the FIFA World Cup Dream Team, and in 2004 was named by more.

Come guys, Roberto Carlos had a free kick that could go faster then a ferrari, Lamborgini, Formula 1 car etc. If his free kicks were on target (which most of the time they were) it was almost certain to be a goal. Roberto Carlos also created probably the hardest free kick style to do but arguably the most affective. He hits the ball with the outside of his foot to make the ball look like its going out but it curves back into the goal. Spectacular

Roberto Carlos curves the ball when he shoots a free kick. And v France in 1997 he took a amazing hard long distance shot it went around the players jumping up and just chipped over the goal player. And it was one nil to Brazil just because that amazing goal of Roberto Carlos.

Scoring 2 of the greatest goals in history, both naked "impossible goals" should land you a spot in the top 3 at least. He may have missed sometimes, but kicks of that speed are rediculously hard to keep low, and yet somehow he managed time and time again. No free-kick taker today is his equal.

He scored the longest goal ever from 55 meters against France when Fabian Barthez got crazy! He was looking how the ball became a goal. He also played for Real Madrid. He was a centre back and defensive midfielder player from Brazil.

6 Siniša Mihajlović

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...

Sinisa and Juninho are without a shadow of a doubt the best free kick takers to ever grace the fields of the beautiful game.
Its an awful insult to football fans to even have CR7 has an option... He's a fenomal player but he's freekick conversion rate if laughable at best.
I vote Sinisa even though I recon Juninho could be the best too but ffs SINISA MIHAJLOVIC scored an HAT-TRICK from FREE KICKS!

Perfect technique, great power and speed of ball and incredible accuracy! His free kicks were helping his teams in so many ways other then direct scoring! He also scored at least three goals from corner kick! And not even to mention the importance of his goals!

He is the best ever, he kick for him is like penalty for others from this list... you can see the matches where he scored 3 golas from free kicks in one game. you just type sinisa mihailovic on YouTube and I ll see. From my opinion his best games are from lazio fc, but he was also good in I inter, roma, sampdoria, even red star...

7 Ronaldinho Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho or simply Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian former professional footballer and current ambassador for Barcelona. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but was also deployed as a winger. Often considered one of the best players of his generation and regarded by many as one of the greatest of all time, Ronaldinho won two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and a Ballon d'Or. A global icon of the sport, he was renowned for his technical skills, creativity and dribbling ability, as well as his use of tricks, feints, overhead kicks, no-look passes and accuracy from free-kicks.

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.

Ronaldinho is the best free kick taker ever. Nobody shots a high and powerful shot as him, he's just a beast! If there's from ronaldinho, all the adverse team will be making a wall because of him. He's just the king of the kings. This is the best player in the world ever. He's the the icon of Brazil football team. He's their king! He played in PSG, FC Barcelona, AC Milan, atletico mineiro and he'll play in New York with the French legend Thierry Henry.

I just want to say that ronaldinho is more expensive than any team in all of the united states AND asia AND oceania. pele AND maradona both said that in 2005, when ronaldinho won the fifa world player of the year for the second time in a row.

You cannot beat Ronaldinho… Goal keepers don't know what to do against him because all his free's are so unique. Many a kick has been taken by him where the goal keeper has merely stood and watched as the ball sinks into the back of the net.
Ronaldinho will always be number 1 in my book.

8 Steven Gerrard Steven George Gerrard (born 30 May 1980) is an English professional football manager and former Liverpool player who currently manages Scottish Premiership club Rangers.

Not only is he an amazing striker of the ball he gets results when it is most needed. Remember against West Ham in the F. A. Cup final. Down three nil at half time and the rest as they say is history.

He has control and ability. The best free kick taker. He should be in the top ten. Guys like Messi and Ronaldo are good with the ball in the field. But they are not free kickers. Gerrard is the best.

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!

Best Captain fantastic!
No body is as great as him!
The best player of England and best player in the world!
He is the best!

9 Lionel Messi Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi (born 24 June 1987) 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 just on of the best he is just the best at free kick.
His free kick curves are just amazing and even his direct goals from a free kick.
He is just the best and one of the best I have ever seen and he is just the best,sure he sometimes misses but everyone does that, everyone misses from time to time,but when he scores it is just amazing the way he does it and the way he just puts it at the back of the net.
Just magical.
Messi is a magician, A great magician and he deserves number 1.
And he needs to be number 1 because from journey he came from, from being the poorest of the poor though a legend so he is and deserves number 1.

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.

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.

His freekick style is amazing. He should be at the top 5 after his freekick performance in the season 2015/2016. He scores almost every time, and if he didn't then it would hit the bar. Simply the best at everything on the field.

10 Andrea Pirlo

Pirlo played with AC Milan and juventus in his career. He's the best Italian free kick taker ever before Alessandro del piero. He was the captain of AC Milan, he was the leader man in every team he goes to. He's just like a king! He let AC Milan win 3 Italian titles and juventus also, 3 Italian titles. He's also one of the best players with caps in Italy.

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 one of the best free kickers out there and is one of the only free kickers I have seen and I have seen him score from 40 meters out at AC milan which is very impressive when you see it. He is very accurate and can shot it in the top corner anytime

No word can describe pirlo. He is just an amazing mid that can pass anywhere. He is an alien in passing, set piece, and dead ball. Just like messi, but better.

The Contenders
11 Pierre van Hooijdonk

The best footballer ever! He just punished all goalkeepers game after game.

Scored 14 goals in all competitions at his first season in Rotterdam. I have never seen anything like it

Such a great free kick taker. I will always remember the one against freiburg.

Put your hands up for Pierre! Amazing free kicks...

12 Juan Arango

#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).

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

Currently should be on the list, and above the showguy of Cristiano Ronaldo!

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

He had a great percentage of goals from free kicks. He scored from free kicks since he was young. Juninho scored from free kicks in his second part of his career. Every Del Piero free kick was dangerous and in the proximity of the corners. He transformed free kicks from every position. He also scored long range goals with both feet..Unbelievable talent!

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! )

Del piero is an Italian striker who played with Genoa, Parma, juventus and now Adelaide united, in Australia. His best moment was in juventus, when he did super dribbles, skills, tricks and awesome free kicks. He also scored for his international team 27 goals and his ranking is the 4th with Roberto Baggio.

Delpiero is my legend and the best in free kick, he has the serie a most free kick goals record, he scored more than 45 goals from free kicks and 6 free kick goals for Italy too. He has scored more than 3 free kick goals for sydney fc until now too! There is no doubt he is the best but somebodies says juninho or beckham is the best! They know nothing!

14 Shunsuke Nakamura

Any list of great free kick takers that doesn't include Nakamura is drawn up by the ignorant. I'm not sure what his % was but I seem to remember him scoring from direct free kicks just as often as he missed. It was almost like a penalty.
He also scored them when it mattered in the Champions League. He had perfect technique and the bottle to match.

His technique is unrivalled, It's a thing of beauty to watch him curl a free kick right into the top corner. A free kick is like a penalty if he is on your team. Celtic Legend! He makes Van der sar look like stretch armstrong!

Nakamura for me is the best free kick taker I have ever seen. Only he could score two consecutive free against against Manchester United.
Yes Naka gets my vote as the best free kick taker of all time.

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

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

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

Wow wow wow bad

16 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.

17 Rivaldo

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.

18 Diego Forlán

You're good we love you

19 Zico

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!

I don't care what anyone says, I firmly believe zico is the best on free kicks, he has no match.

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

His free kicks were pure magic! Physics can't describe them!

20 Alex

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


21 Juan Román Riquelme

The more creative midfielder that soccer have right now. His free kicks are just too accurate. For me the best with Nakamura.

Real specialist compared to others higher in this list. Hits the goal more consistent. Always dangerous.

22 Gheorghe Hagi

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!

Hagi was undoubtedly the greatest lefty of all times. Until this day, I have not seen one goalkeeper who was able stop one of his long range "torpedo" with ease. Let's leave the popular names aside and give these players what they actually deserve. "Hagi-Juninho-Beckham! "

Hagi was the great commander. I have never seen a footballer shooting the ball like him. No matter how far it was, he could score goals from everywhere.

Most of Internet users are around 20's now so they don't remember hagi. He was great. He was leader. He was the best left footed footballer ever. Watcb Hagi and learn what longe range shoots mean. seriously. Hagi for the win

23 Leighton Baines Leighton John Baines is an English professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Premier League club Everton and the England national team.

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!

Baines in very consistent because if he doesn't score a freekick, it's gets on target or hits the frame of the goal.

Leighton Baines is the set piece king without a doubt.

24 Franck Ribéry Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry is a French professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich.
25 Robin van Persie Robin van Persie is a Dutch coach and former professional footballer who played as a striker. Regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, he is the all-time top scorer for the Netherlands men's national team. He is currently an assistant manager at boyhood club Feyenoord in his first managerial role.

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..

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.

His free kicks are so accurate. I have not seen one better than his free kick against everton some years back

Powerful left foot. He takes it so well.

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