Best free-kick takers in the world?

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    Red4Life_#7 Full Member

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    Everyone has their opinions and I'm curious to know them.

    Who is the best Free Kick Taker In the World??

    Currently playing the game and past free kick taker.

    E.g.

    Current: Dmitri Payet
    Past: Juninho Pernambucano


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    VP89 likes to shower with phones

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    Juninho.

    Sorry can't think of a current. They're too inconsistent.
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    Current, depends from position. Within 25 feet of the goal, centre/centre left, Pjanic -it's almost a penalty for him
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    Sky1981 Fending off the urge

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    Cee90 Redcafe Fantasy Football Champion 2012/13

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    Nakamura was pretty good.
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    Macca7 New Member

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    For me - Beckham without doubt. Not only did he score beautiful free-kicks, but important ones too. The amount of times he pulled United/England out of the shit with a free kick was unreal.
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    Aboutreika18 Full Member

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    There was that period a couple of seasons ago where Willian was deadly at them and on the subject of Chelsea, Alonso also has a pretty good record from the few he's taken.
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    Gio 4 times Redcafe Draft Winner

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    Mata's got the best record of anyone currently active in the top European leagues.
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    Schneckerl New Member

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    Would like to see detailed stats for the last few years. No only goals and number of attempts, but also distance and position.

    btw I think there is a lot of potential improvment in direct FK effectiveness
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    Pjanic, Messi, Giovinco currently. Even if Giovinco in MLS his freekicks are unreal. Scored at least four this past season
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    Peyroteo ahahahahah feck off dad!

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    Out of the big names Neymar's the best freekick taker in the world. Pjanic is deadly but only from a certain position, same with Marcos Alonso.

    All time it's either Zico, Beckham or Juninho.
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    RedRom "Where's Lingard?"

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    In terms of current, it is hard to say, as there isn't one stand out player at the moment I think, but on the past my favourite was as the op mentioned Juninho Pernambucano, with Rogerio Ceni also high up in the list purely because I was fascinated by a goalie scoring goals!
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    harms Full Member Scout

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    Zico and Platini for short distances, Juninho/Koeman/Beckham for long ones
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    mynamejeff New Member

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    i love how mihajlovic's training videos get brought up in threads like this
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    Yep, his raw conversion stats are fairly surprising!

    Anyway, for the current lot — intermediate range: Pjanić, short: Dybala
    All-time — intermediate range: Juninho, short: Zico



    :drool:
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    My bias = Marcos Alonso
    Non bias opinion = KDB or Eriksen

    I would say KDB is dangerous at scoring from free kicks, same as Eriksen, but Eriksen puts lovely balls into the box from free kicks which create goal scoring opportunities.
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    duffer Sensible and not a complete jerk like most oppo's Scout

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    Alonso is the best in the league over the past couple of years. Can't think of anyone as consistent.
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    Mr. MUJAC Talent spotter

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    Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t bad at free kicks is he?
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    Schneckerl New Member

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    Good choices. Love Zico's shooting style. The guy could aim for the top corner like nobody else.
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    Bole Top Full Member

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    currently - Messi.

    in the past: Pierre van Hooijdonk & Marcos Assuncao.
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    Peyroteo ahahahahah feck off dad!

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    Pretty sure only Juninho and Zico have scored more free kicks than him in football history but he's not the best in the world at them anymore.

    The top players currently aren't great at them, Messi's getting mentions purely out of reputation because he isn't a great free kick taker either. I think only Neymar scores them consistently. 6 free kick goals in the past year and he wasn't the main free kick taker in Barcelona, that seems pretty great.

    It's weird how there's stats for everything but then it's tough to find out the numbers for things like these. Number of attempts per goal while taking into account the position the free kick is being taken from, shouldn't be that hard.
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    Hughie77 New Member

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    Yep. Agree best I've seen from all angles. Saw him smash one in against stoke years back right behind goals flew in . 5.0 that was.
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    When was the last time he scored one?
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    Schneckerl New Member

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    Both Messi and Ronaldo have a lot of attempts. I wonder how effective Juninho, Mihajlovic etc. were in comparison.
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    Cutch Shit stirrer (Literally)

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    Surprised no mention of Sigurdsson. Has he got shit at them? Couple of ones he’s scored against us i have been convinced they’re going in before he’s even hit it which is not a feeling i get often
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    Cutch Shit stirrer (Literally)

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    I actually think Mata is too polite and civil to get taking more free kicks. Can’t imagine him ever arguing with anyone to take them.

    His efforts are generally quite tame in power but there’s very few better at placing top corner.
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    Peyroteo ahahahahah feck off dad!

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    I guess we'll never really know. Free kick ability is one of the few things in football that can be quite objectively backed up by the stats so it's a shame there's not a lot of stats about it.
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    duffer Sensible and not a complete jerk like most oppo's Scout

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    Ronaldo being mentioned in this thread is boderline a joke, isn't it? He always takes them despite ballooning 95% into row Z.

    Scored a cracker against David James a decade ago to be fair.

    These are Premier League stats form a couple of years ago, Ronaldo's % may have improved in Spain.

    Juan Mata : Shots 28, Goals 5, Conversion 17.9 (per cent)

    Sebastian Larsson : Shots 90, Goals 11, Conversion 12.2.

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink : Shots 62, Goals 6, Conversion 9.7.

    David Beckham : Shots 54, Goals 5, Conversion 9.3.

    Nolberto Solano : Shots 78, Goals 7, Conversion 9.0.

    Thierry Henry : Shots 144, Goals 12, Conversion 8.3.

    Danny Murphy : Shots 67, Goals 5, Conversion 7.5.

    Ryan Giggs : Shots 73, Goals 5, Conversion 6.8.

    Leighton Baines : Shots 76, Goals 5, Conversion 6.6.

    Laurent Robert : Shots 154, Goals 10, Conversion 6.5.

    Cristiano Ronaldo : Shots 164, Goals 10, Conversion 6.1.
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    Grylte "nothing wrong with some friendly incest, bro"

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    I don't understand why Mata doesn't get to take all our freekicks from 25 meters or closer.
    It's better than Pogba or Rashford shooting over.

    Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos doesn't/didn't score many, just crazy goals when they actually hit.
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    matador Full Member

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    Off the top of my head I can only think of Juninho Pernambucano and Sinisa Mihajlovic. There's no one as consistent as them today.

    PS: I personally love this one.

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    Grylte "nothing wrong with some friendly incest, bro"

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    Stoichkov used to be pretty decent too.
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    crossy1686 Full Member

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    Got to be Beckham for me. Don't know of anyone now who's consistently known for their set-piece prowess. It's actually depressing how much corners and free kicks are derided now in favour of playing passing football instead.
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    Zola, especially in Serie A.
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    RedMessiah New Member

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    Yeah, Barcelona's all time free kick top scorer, La Liga's all time free kick top scorer, Argentina's all time free kick top scorer, but no, he isn't great at them. I'm not saying he's the best ever, but some people's opinions...
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    Peyroteo ahahahahah feck off dad!

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    He's getting more mentions here for best free kick taker in the world than anyone else when he doesn't really score them a lot. I said he wasn't great in that context, not that he was a bad free kick taker. Ronaldo has scored more free kicks than any other active player and he's not great at them either.