Best Free-kicks Takers Of All-Time In Football


If you are looking for a list with stardust, quality, mind-blowing and elegant names, then it definitely would be the list with the players that have scored the most free-kicks in football history. 

Scoring free-kicks is not as straightforward as many of these greats have embellished it due to their brilliance.

One of Messi’s brilliance with free-kicks on Sunday

Lionel Messi whisked Paris Saint Germain from the claws of a draw in the dying embers of their encounter against Lille with a wonderful last gasp free-kick on Sunday. 

Paris Saint Germain looked like they were heading out of another encounter without the three points with the game at parity late on into stoppage time. 

But the Argentine great stood up and produced greatness with a nice curler which gave Paris Saint Germain all the three points on Sunday. 

That free-kick by Messi meant that the Argentine has now scored sixty-one (61) free kicks in his career. 

His fiercest rival in Europe Cristiano Ronaldo is on fifty-eight (58) free-kicks and he last scored his against Norwich City in the 2021/22 Premier League season. 

We would be looking extensively at the top twelve (12) players with the most free-kicks goals in football history;

  • Cristiano Ronaldo – 58

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored fifty-eight (58) free kicks in his career all smashed in with aplomb and panache. His style in his early years was the bullet strike but since the advent of his injury, he has since dropped in how frequent he scores his free-kicks. 

Picture of Cristiano Ronaldo getting ready bullet-in one his many free-kicks
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Rogerio Ceni – 59

Ceni’s brilliance with free-kicks

Ceni was a goalkeeper. Obviously it would be shocking to know that a goalkeeper is on the list but Rogerio Ceni was a skillful shot stopper and goalscorer.

Rogerio Ceni, goalkeeper skilled in the art of scoring free-kicks
Rogerio Ceni

He scored a staggering number of one-hundred-and-thirty-one (131) goals in five-hundred-and-eighty-seven (587) appearances throughout his professional career.

 Fifty-nine (59) free-kicks were scored out of the over one-hundred-and-thirty-one (131) goals scored in his career representing Sao Paulo FC and Sinop FC in Brazil

  • Marcelinho Carica – 59
Marcelinho Carica gearing up to take on his trademark free-kicks
Marcelinho Carica

Marcelinho spent majority of his career in Brazil, He played for the likes of Flamengo, Corinthians, Santos and Vasco de Gama in Brazil. 

  • Ronald Koeman – 60
Ronald koeman smashing one of his free-kicks in
Ronald Koeman

Koeman’s numbers are absolutely magnificent as he was more of a defensive-minded player. 

He scored two-hundred-and-thirty-nine (239) goals in his career with sixty (60) of those goals being free-kicks.

  • Lionel Messi – 61
Lionel Messi getting ready to curl one of his trademark free-kicks against Lille
Lionel Messi preparing to take a free-kick

Lionel Messi sits pretty at number eight (8) and he could rise higher as he still plays the round leather game called football. 

  • Zico – 62
Zico about one of his trademark free-kicks

Zico’s and free-kicks

Zico had a remarkable career. He is the fifth (5) top goal scorer for the Seleção Canarinha’s history, having hit the back of the net fourty-eight (48) times for his country.

  • Diego Armando Maradona – 62

The Argentine great and arguably the greatest footballer to ever kick the round leather called football is one number of free-kicks scored ahead of Lionel Messi who sits eight on the list.

  • David Beckham – 65

Many might idolise him more for his looks but Beckham is the most lethal free-kick taker from the European continent in football history.

  • Ronaldinho Gaucho – 66

Arguably the best footballer to have come out of Brazil due to his asthetics and beauty on the ball and probably his most famous free-kick came for Brazil against England at the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.

Ronaldinho’s beauty against England

Ronaldinho caught David Seaman as well as majority of individuals watching at home in awe at that piece of beauty and magic. 

The Brazilian maestro scored from an acute angle against the Three Lions of England with his effort looping past and over Seaman and afterwards going into the top corner.

  • Victor Legrottaglie –

Victor Legrottaglie spent his whole career in Argentina and he never featured for The Albiceleste of Argentina. 

  • Pele – 70

Pele is another player who is probably the greatest of all-time and his free kick goal tally is another record which shows how devastating and magnificent he was while playing football. 

  • Juninho Pernambucano – 77

Juninho Pernambucano is free-kicks greatest player of all-time due to his staggering numbers, and that will remain so for a long time to come.

Absolutely no player can boast of the free-kick artistry and skillset that Juninho had. Everything about the Brazilian with his free-kicks defines class. 


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