The taking of a free kick occurs after a foul is committed. Many of the free kicks are taken directly where the shot is directed towards and into the goal without touching any player. Scoring of such direct free kicks takes great skills. Some of the finest exponents of this art are not all exactly among the greatest players of all times, but their contribution to the beautiful game just cannot be ignored. Some of their exploits are part of football folklore. The following are the 10 best free kick takers of all time.
One of the most dazzling players of the current generation, this Brazilian is also a free kick master. One of his memorable set piece moments was his hat-trick for Barcelona against Udinese more than a decade ago when all the goals came from direct free kicks. Who can forget his 40-yard looping free kick over the goal-keeper’s head that knocked England out of the 2002 World Cup. Currently at the age of 35 the 2002 World Cup champion is playing for Mexican club Querétaro F.C. where 2 of the 8 goals he has scored for the side this season have come from free kicks. He deservedly finds his name in the list of top ten free kick takers where he is placed tenth.
9. Alessandro Del Piero
This Italian and Juventus great is truly a superb dead ball specialist. He found the net six times in a one season alone from just free kicks. Many consider him on par with Michel Platini in the Italian club circuit when it comes to set piece skills. He is ninth in the list of the top ten free kick takers.