Free-kicks are a crucial part of modern day football - they can be scored from, assist a goal or just cause havoc for the defending team. Here is a list of some of the greatest set-play artists of recent times.

Roberto Carlos

The tiny Brazilian with tree-trunk legs was probably best known for his outstanding free-kicks. With an unusual stuttering run-up, Roberto Carlos executed a still-ball situation perfectly. If ever Real Madrid or Brazil got a free-kick within 30 yards of goal, there would not be many volunteers to stand ten yards in front of it.

David Beckham

A master when it comes to set-pieces, Beckham is renowned for his marvelous ability to plant a ball in the back of the net. An unorthodox technique when striking the ball as his leg looks to twist, Goldenballs certainly developed an almost unstoppable solution to beating a goalkeeper and the wall from distance.


Brazilian number two on our list, Juninho Pernambucano is arguably the best taker on our list. Spending the majority of his career at French side Lyon, he scored an astonishing 44 free-kicks during his ten years in France.

Cristiano Ronaldo

A global superstar and fantastic footballer, he does not only have skills and open-play goals to his game. He is one of the most lethal strikers of a static football, and is the best player when it comes to putting sheer pace and power on the ball whilst elevating it over the wall, as he demonstrated against David James and Portsmouth back in 2008.


An all-round genius, he has always been able to float a ball effortlessly over the wall only for it to drop into a keeper's goal. David Seaman is one of many goalies that know this, after the Brazilian magician looped the ball over the former England number one from a staggering 40-yards at the 2002 World Cup.

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