Lionel Messi retains his status as the world's best free-kick taker on FIFA 20

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Lionel Messi has been named the best free-kick taker in the world by FIFA 20.

The Barcelona superstar astonishingly scored eight free-kicks throughout the 2018-19 season, thus doing more than enough to maintain his number one spot in the eyes of EA Sport.

Alaves, PSV Eindhoven, Real Betis, Villarreal and Liverpool all succumbed to his set-piece brilliance, while Espanyol conceded three Messi free-kicks across the campaign.

In other words, Messi has certainly deserved his rating for 94 free-kick accuracy, which even places him above Roberto Carlos' ICON card in second place.

However, before we get too ahead of ourselves with the full list, we want to address the elephant in the room and that's the player to whom Messi is always compared: Cristiano Ronaldo.

FIFA 20 stats released

Although Ronaldo has scored some recent free-kicks for his country, the last time he converted a set piece in club football came against Gremio back in December 2017.

That's quite the drought and for that very reason, the Portuguese has only been handed an accuracy rating of 79, meaning that he finds himself as the joint 331st best taker on FIFA 20.

So, if Ronaldo is automatically given a free-kick when you're playing as Juventus - sorry, Piemonte Calcio - then it might be wise to shuffle him aside for Miralem Pjanic.

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Best free-kick takers in the game

And as much as we'd love to list the whole 330 players who are more accurate than Ronaldo, we have called upon FUTHead's data to name the top 25 in EA Sports' new release.

In the case of any equal ratings, we have fallen back on FUTHead's method of ordering and the full list can be seen down below:

25. Juan Mata (Manchester United - 86 free-kick accuracy

Southampton FC v Manchester United - Premier League

24. James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) - 86 free-kick accuracy

Real Madrid CF v Real Valladolid CF  - La Liga

23. Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka) - 86 free-kick accuracy

Gamba Osaka v Jiangsu FC - AFC Champions League Group H

22. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) - 87 free-kick accuracy

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21. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) - 87 free-kick accuracy

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20. Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon) - 87 free-kick accuracy

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19. Lasse Schone (Genoa) - 87 free-kick accuracy

De Graafschap v Ajax - Eredivisie

18. Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki Frontale) - 87 free-kick accuracy

Cerezo Osaka v Kawasaki Frontale - J.League J1

17. Anderson Talisca (Guangzhou Evergrande) - 87 free-kick accuracy

Melbourne Victory v Guangzhou Evergrande - AFC Champions League Group F

16. Ruslan Malinovskiy (Atalanta) - 87 free-kick accuracy

KRC Genk v Everton: Pre-Season Friendly

15. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) - 88 free-kick accuracy

Juventus A v Juventus B - Pre-season Friendly

14. Memphis Depay (Lyon) - 88 free-kick accuracy

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13. Aleksandr Kolarov (AS Roma) - 88 free-kick accuracy

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12. Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) - 88 free-kick accuracy

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11. Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin) - 89 free-kick accuracy

Germany v Mexico: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

10. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) - 89 free-kick accuracy

Fulham v Southampton - Carabao Cup Second Round

9. Daniel Parejo (Valencia) - 90 free-kick accuracy

Valencia CF v RCD Mallorca  - La Liga

8. Hakan Calhanoglu (AC Milan) - 90 free-kick accuracy

AC Milan v Brescia Calcio - Serie A

7. Robert Skov (Hoffenheim) - 90 free-kick accuracy

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6. Enis Bardhi (Levante) - 91 free-kick accuracy

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5. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) - 92 free-kick accuracy

Parma Calcio v Juventus - Serie A

4. Gianfranco Zola (ICON) - 92 free-kick accuracy

Gianfranco Zola of Chelsea celebrates scoring the equalising goal

3. Sebastian Giovinco (Al Hilal) - 92 free-kick accuracy

Campeones Cup 2018: Tigres UANL v Toronto FC

2. Roberto Carlos (ICON) - 93 free-kick accuracy

Getafe v Real Madrid

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - 94 free-kick accuracy

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