Manchester United have produced some pretty talented free-kick takers over the years. David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo have all been able to find the back of the net from a dead ball.
Former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes the reason those players became so adept at taking free-kicks was their preparation.
The Scot says they used to spend extra time on the training ground perfecting their ability, but the best he saw was, unsurprisingly, Ronaldo.
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In an excerpt of his new book released on the Manchester United official Facebook page, Ferguson said: "David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney would all stay after training to perfect their free-kicks.
"They would be religious about spending an extra 30 minutes trying to bend balls past the goalkeeper. That’s why Beckham became a master of taking free-kicks from between 25 and 30 yards from goal and Giggs from between 18 and 23 yards. Rooney was better closer to the penalty box.
"As for Ronaldo, he’d be able to score from free-kicks if he took them from behind the moon!"
The Portuguese superstar scored some unbelievable free-kicks during his time at Manchester United, none more so than his strike against Portsmouth that left David James speechless.
Since moving to Madrid his goals from dead balls have somewhat dried up, but his style of striking the ball has been adopted by a number of professionals.
Since joining United in 2003 Ronaldo has gone from strength to strength. He is now considered one of the best to ever grace a football pitch.
While Ferguson had a huge influence on his growth, you can not underestimate the personal drive of the 30-year-old to become one of the best in the business.
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