Five of the best: dead ball wizards
Five of world football’s best free-kick specialists from the past 20 years - featuring David Beckham, Juninho & Alessandro del Piero
Here we take a look at the finest free-kick takers of late from all over the globe.
The analysis is based on not just the quality of strikes, it is also the frequency and the importance in the major games.
The likes of Andrea Pirlo, Ronaldinho, Juan Riquelme and Cristiano Ronaldo have not even made the list which shows the outstanding quality available.
5. Sinisa Mihajlovic
The current Serbia manager is well known for his fantastic ability from set pieces and the statistics do not lie.
He holds the record for the most goals from free-kicks in Serie A which stand at 27 from his 14 seasons in the top Italian league.
He represented Yugoslavia as a left back/centre back and played for big clubs such as Lazio, Inter and Sampdoria.
4. Roberto Carlos
The Brazilian legend with a wand of a left foot scored arguably the greatest free-kick of all time with his strike against France which produced an almighty swerve.
He won many trophies throughout his career, mainly with Real Madrid, and he is known to be one of the best ever left-backs.
3. Alessandro Del Piero
He was a wonderful talent and a technical genius. Never blessed with too much pace but he had flair and a touch of class which graced the world stage on many occasions.
The Italian legend's dead ball prowess was to be admired and it was his ability to produce on a consistent basis that grants him his place in the top three.
2. David Beckham
Possibly the most famous footballer of all time, David Beckham has made set-pieces his trademark.
He's still going strong in France and even at the age of 37 he is still sensational with the ball at his feet. His free-kick against Greece is his most notable as it took England to the 2002 World Cup.
1. Juninho Pernambucano
The clear winner ticks every box when it comes to mastering a free-kick; he varies from power to swerve, from 20-yards to 40-yards out.
He scored countless free-kicks for Olympique Lyonnais during his eight-year spell at the club and many at French club perceived a free-kick just in the same way as they saw a penalty, he was that good.
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