There is nothing more spectacular than seeing a ball fly into the net from a distance with almost an entire team in front of you. It’s a unique skill that only some can excel in but very few have mastered it to almost perfection.
Taking a direct freekick is not usually an easy feat, but however, there are specific players who hold the ability to direct free kicks into the goal, deceiving the goalkeeper and the opponent defense.
In this regard, check out 10 players who have scored the most free kicks in football history;
10- Marcelinho Carioca (59)
Marcelinho Carioca, is a Brazilian former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He was noted for his accuracy from free kicks, earning him the nickname "Angel Foot". He scored 59 free kicks during his playing time.
9- Rogerio Ceni (59)
He is recognised by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) as the only goalkeeper to have scored the most goals in the history of football.
He netted an incredible 131 goals including 59 free kicks.
8- Ronald Koeman (60)
Koeman was capable of playing both as a defender and as a midfielder, he frequently played as a sweeper, although he was equally known for his goalscoring, long range shooting, and accuracy from free kicks and penalties.
7- Zico (62)
Zico is a Brazilian coach and former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.
he is regarded as one of the best playmakers and free kick specialists in history as he was able to bend the ball in all directions.
6- Diego Maradona (62)
During his active days, Diego Maradona creative ability and eye for goal saw him convert 62 free kicks.
5- David Beckham (65)
He is the first English player to win league titles in four countries; England, Spain, the United States and France. He retired in May 2013 after a 20 year career, during which he won 19 major trophies and scored 65 free kicks
4- Ronaldinho (66)
Ronaldinho is a Brazilian former professional footballer and current ambassador for Barcelona. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but was also deployed as a winger.
A global icon of the sport, he was renowned for his technical skills, creativity and dribbling ability, as well as his use of tricks, feints, overhead kicks, no look passes and accuracy from free-kicks.
He scored 66 free kicks for club and country
3- Victor Legrottaglie (66)
Victor Legrottaglie may not be the first three names you will remember if asked to mention Argentine Legends but this man was a free kick genius.
Surprisingly, Victor Legrottaglie sits ahead of Diego Maradona,Juan Roman Riquelme and Lionel Messi as the most prolific Argentine free kick taker.
2- Pele (70)
Arguably the greatest of all time, the 3 time world cup winner scored 70 free kicks for club and country.
1- Juninho (77)
The 45-year old was an absolute master from dead ball situations and scored a ridiculous 77 free kicks playing for Lyon, Vasco da Gama, Al-Gharafa and hometown club, Sport Club do Recife.
Lionel Messi (55) and Cristiano Ronaldo (56) do not make the top 10 for the most prolific free kick takers, but they could well still climb into the top 10 seeing that they're active footballers.
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