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Best Free-Kick Takers In The History Of Football

Free-kicks are always a fascinating aspect of a football game.They always keeps the fans tied to the edges of their seats and long lives in the memory of the football fans and players.There are/were some players who mastered this skill and are regarded as one of the best ever free-kick takers ever.Today we will have a look at some of the Best Free-Kick Takers In The History Of Football .

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10.Roberto Carlos

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Roberto Carlos generated bullet like speed with his free kicks. Whilst his consistency has been called into question, I feel he warrants a spot in the top ten due to the legacy he has left on the game. His style of driving the ball at the goal with brute force offered something different to the traditional approach of bending the ball over the wall. He is especially famous for a free kick against France in a friendly match on 3rd June 1997. Roberto Carlos shot from 35 m (115 ft) from the centre-right channel with his left foot, and scored.

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9.Cristiano Ronaldo

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He free-kick abilities have degraded a bit over the last few years.But he has scored some good-enough free-kicks to deserve a place in this list.The power and accuracy taking free kicks made Cristiano Ronaldo one of the most complete players in today football. Since the days of the Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo proven to have free kicks as a weapon to win against his opponents. Cristiano Ronaldo posture in preparing the set pieces is now known throughout the world and the children in the streets or playgrounds mimic Ronaldo when kick out a free kick.

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8.Ronaldinho

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There are few words that can be spent for the Brazilian talent: Ronaldinho,he is regarded to be one of the best players of his generation. Ronaldinho gave incredible emotions to all football lovers and his free kick scored with the jersey of Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG, are something that you can not hardly forget.

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7.Michael Platini

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Perhaps the greatest French player of all time, Michel Plantini was well renowned for his free kicks. During his playing career he scored some crucial free kicks for both Juventus and France. The standout strike would have to be his strike against Holland in the 1984 World Cup qualifier. His perfectly placed free kick resulted in a victory which guaranteed qualification for the French. He also scored from a free kick during the 1984 Euro final against Spain, although he had a helping hand from the Spanish goalkeeper!

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6.Diego Maradona

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Diego Maradona, arguably the greatest player of all time. Like pretty much anything Maradona attempted his free kicks were awe inspiring. With an almost delicate feel to them, He would get the ball to gently rise over the wall and always seemed to be able to place it just inside the post, making it almost impossible for the keeper to save. Maradona consistently delivered from the deadball for both club and country.

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5.Alessandro Del Piero

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Alessandro Del Piero is an Italian football player close to the end of his fantastic football career. Del Piero is a historical player of Juventus but recently he has played in Australia for Sydney FC and in India for Delhi Dynamos. Since young, Del Piero has been reported as one of the strongest players to take free kick of all time on football.

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4.Andrea Pirlo

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Andrea Pirlo , now playing for New York FC in MLS. Pirlo, the “maestro“, is known by the world of football fans for extreme precision passing, amazing game viewing and its free kicks that have been renamed “la mattonella” by the football experts, for its unpredictable effect on the ball. These free kicks completely displaced goalkeepers!

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3.Zico

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Zico is considered by many to be the original free kick specialist. His control and placement is a delight to watch. One thing that really stands out for me is that he strikes the ball from almost a standing start, relying on his aforementioned control rather than power. A true free kick great!

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2.David Beckham

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He is England’s king of free kicks and few can bend it like him. There was no goal-keeper on earth that did not quiver at the prospect of facing a Beckham free kick. One of his finest moments was when he scored from a set piece in the dying minutes of a match against Greece. The goal helped England equalize 2-2 and qualify for the 2002 Japan World Cup. No list of top ten free kick takers is complete without him.

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1.Juninho

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Juninho Pernambucano is a retired Brazilian footballer. Juninho is renowned for his bending free kicks, he is sometimes considered to be the greatest free kick specialist of all time. Juninho led Olympique Lyonnais to seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles before leaving the club in 2009, having scored 100 goals in 350 official games for Lyon. Juninho holds the record of free kicks scored in the Champions League with 10 centers.  He has scored over 40 free kicks for Lyon with an unconfirmed conversion rate of over 50%!

Do you think we missed out on anybody?Let us know in the comments below!

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SUBHAM

A sports addict! @subhamchaurasia

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