The best free-kick takers in the history of football

Free-kicking in football is considered to be an art in itself. The names listed below are known to be the best free-kickers of all time. Some of them have even made records. Also, if you aren’t a full-time football fan, you have heard about these people at some point in their lives.

Diego Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona is another retired legend. The Argentinian played for teams such as Sevilla, Napoli, and Barcelona. Though, his specialty is making miracles from in and around the penalty area. In his career, he scored a total of 62 goals from free-kicks.

Juninho Pernambucano

This football Rockstar retired in 2013, but he will always be remembered on the field and off it. He scored 76 goals from free-kicks, 44 of which were when he played for Lyon and 18 with Vasco de Gama. Also, he produced four more goals with the Brazilian national team. He is considered to be the best free-kick taker of all time.

David Beckham

Beckham is also another famous name on the list. He scored 65 goals from free-kicks. One of these goals is the memorable goal for England against Greece at Old Trafford. I know you know the one I’m talking about. He played for different teams in his career, and now he even owns Inter Miami CF and co-owns Salford City FC.


Ronaldo de Assis Moreira is a former Brazilian football star. He is widely known for playing for Barcelona, in which he was at the peak of his career. This man’s ability with a ball is unmatched. Throughout his career, he scored 66 goals from free-kicks.


The Brazilian football legend Arthur Antunes Coimbra retired in 1994, but when he was younger, he played as an attacking midfielder. His number of free-kicks is vast. When he was with Flamengo, he made 62, 15 with Kashima, 17 with Udinese and 7 with Brazil’s national team. This makes a total of 101 free-kicks in his professional career.

Sinisa Mihajlovic

This Serbian footballer is considered to be the best free-kicker in Europe. He obtained his talent in Italy and made a considerable amount of free-kicks throughout his career. The total number of goals made by free-kicks is 51. His greatest achievement was in a match against Sampdoria when he converted three free-kicks in one game.

Andrea Pirlo

This Italian star is considered to be a free-kick specialist. He had played only for Italian teams except during 2015-2017 when he joined the Major Soccer League. Throughout his career, he scored a total of 43 goals from free-kicks. He was at the peak of his career when he played for A. C. Milan. His name will be remembered by many.

Honorable Mentions

These players may not have the most significant number of goals from free-kicks, but they are still quite good at it:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Lionel Messi
  • Marcos Assunção
  • Zinedine Zidane
  • Pele
  • Rogerio Ceni
  • Gheorghe Hagi