From David Beckham’s goal versus Greece to Roberto Carlos’ stunning strike versus France, there are couple of things much better than a well-taken free-kick.

ESPN have actually taken a look at the nine gamers with the most direct free-kick goals in Europe’s huge 5 league because the start of the 2016-17 season.

An unsurprising name is top of the list, by rather some distance, but a number of more unheralded names feature along the way.

An A/C Milan academy graduate, Verdi has actually scored six free-kicks across spells at Bologna, Napoli and Torino recently.

He likewise transformed complimentary kicks with both feet throughout a video game versus Crotone in November 2017, becoming the very first gamer to achieve that accomplishment in a single Serie A game considering that Opta records started in 2004-05.

” If you put adequate hours in kicking a ball against a wall, your technique will get much better, no doubt,” former Bologna assistant manager Angelo Antenucci told the Guardian in 2016. “However no matter how tough you train you won’t match that level of excellence which Verdi has.”

After being removed of the Valencia captaincy by Gary Neville in 2015-16, Parejo turned things around and discovered his best kind at the Mestalla.

The Spain worldwide scored six free-kicks for Los Che in La Liga because the start of 2016-17 before finishing a shock relocation to Villarreal in 2020.

Following in the steps of Juninho, Fekir showcased his remarkable dead ball qualifications during his time at Lyon.

Having actually scored six for the Ligue 1 side, the former Liverpool target is yet to discover the back of the net from a direct free-kick for Real Betis.

While Bardhi might be fairly unknown beyond Spain, the midfielder has created a track record as one of the finest free-kick takers in La Liga.

After joining Levante in 2017, the Macedonia worldwide scored five goals from 16 direct free-kicks in his debut season, however he has actually included just one to his tally over the last two-and-a-half years.

During his brief spell at Liverpool, Aspas stopped working to make a genuine effect and is finest remembered for taking the worst corner in the history of football.

The Spain worldwide went back to boyhood club Celta Vigo in 2015 and has clearly invested a lot of time on the training ground dealing with his set-pieces.

In the last 5 seasons, he has actually scored seven direct free-kick goals in La Liga, consisting of a late equaliser against Barcelona in June 2020.

Dybala has had a lot of success from dead-ball circumstances, netting seven free-kicks for Juventus in Serie A because the start of 2016-17.

His numbers could have been even better had Cristiano Ronaldo not taken on the free-kick mantle since getting to Juve in 2018.

Ward-Prowse is extensively considered one of the best free-kick takers in the world, scoring 8 in the Premier League over the last four-and-a-half-years.

Nicknamed the Serbian Roberto Carlos due to his set-piece expertise, Kolarov scored one free-kick for Manchester City in 2016-17 before registering 7 for Roma.

While Messi didn’t start as a free-kick specialist – undoubtedly, two players in La Masia took choice over him – he worked hard on his method to add yet another string to his amazing bow.

The Argentina worldwide has scored a staggering 21 free-kicks considering that the start of 2016-17, more than Kolarov and Ward-Prowse managed combined.

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