Pro Evolution Soccer’s top five free-kick takers were unveiled on Thursday - and now the top 10 set-piece specialists on FIFA 17 have been released.
It’s now less than two weeks before EA Sports’ latest instalment of their hugely-popular FIFA franchise is released, so this list is guaranteed to come in handy - especially when you go head-to-head with your mates.
Knowing which players are deadly from 20-30 yards will give you a competitive advantage, so get some pen and paper ready or bookmark this article for September 27.
Most of the usual suspects make the top 10; however, unlike on the new version of Pro Evo, Dimitri Payet is not the best free-kick taker on FIFA 17.
The West Ham and France star finds himself way down in fourth place. Scroll down to see if you correctly guessed which three players are in front of him.
10. Gylfi Sigurdsson
In at number 10 it’s the Icelandic set-piece maestro, Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Swansea City star isn’t particularly quick or strong, but give away a free-kick within 30 yards of goal and you’re in big trouble.
9. Shunsuke Nakamura
Yes, it’s true! Shunsuke Nakamura is still playing.
The former Celtic star now plies his trade for Yokohama F. Marinos back in his native Japan and is still capable of scoring glorious free-kicks at the age of 38.
8. Francesco Lodi
Fans of Serie A need no introduction to Francesco Lodi.
The 32-year-old, who plays in midfield for Udinese, is lethal from dead-ball situations.
7. Memphis Depay
A slight surprise at number seven: it’s Manchester United’s forgotten man, Memphis Depay.
The Dutchman can’t get a game for United in real life but will feature in plenty of FIFA 17 starting line-ups thanks to his free-kick attributes.
6. Lionel Messi
At number six it’s the world’s greatest player, Lionel Messi.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the highest-rated player from La Liga on this list.
5. Mehmet Ekici
Mehmet Ekici is arguably the footballer on this list that most FIFA 17 players will be least familiar with.
The Turkey international has spent the last two years in his home country with Trabzonspor but, according to EA Sports, is a better free-kick taker than Messi…
4. Dimitri Payet
Premier League fans will probably feel that fourth place is too low for such a talented free-kick taker.
Payet scored some unbelievable free-kicks during his debut campaign in England last term, before starring for Les Bleus at Euro 2016.
3. Miralem Pjanić
Juventus splashed out a cool €32 million to bring Miralem Pjanić to Turin from Rome in the summer.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international, because of his free-kick prowess, will be hoping to become the Old Lady’s new version of club legend Alessandro Del Piero.
2. Hakan Calhanoglu
Hakan Calhanoglu is second on the list, which might raise a few eyebrows.
However, the Bayer Leverkusen and Turkey star is undoubtedly a fabulously gifted free-kick taker.
1. Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo no longer plays top-level European football but the Italian midfielder is still bossing it with New York City FC in Major League Soccer.
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