European football season continues in England and Spain this coming weekend. La Liga returned from the Christmas break on Thursday night when Real Madrid drew 2-2 against Villareal. Premier League will take a break this weekend to pave way for FA Cup third round fixtures. Today, we want to look at five deadliest free-kick takers in football history by goals.
5. Diego Maradona- 62 Free-Kick Goals
Still got it! Diego Maradona shows how to score left footed free-kicks! pic.twitter.com/bO9NjbTLdK
— 101 Great Goals (@102greatgoals) January 9, 2017
1986 World Cup winner Diego Maradona is a man with many accolades. The former Barcelona and Napoli legend netted many beautiful goals in his decorated career. Boca Junior legend will be proud of 62 goals he netted via direct free-kicks by the time he retired.
4. David Beckham- 65 Free-Kick Goals
David Beckham's last free kick goal for Manchester United vs Everton, 2003. pic.twitter.com/26ZMJAhnWF
— 90s Football (@90sfootball) September 24, 2018
Manchester United legendary winger David Beckham scored 65 times via direct free-kick during his career that started at Old Trafford, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan, and PSG. He remains one of the best dead ball specialists in English football history.
3. Ronaldinho- 66 Free-Kick Goals
Ronaldinho´s unforgettable free kick vs England at Korea-Japan 2002. pic.twitter.com/H6VFW7USJf
— Football Great Goals (@footygreatgoals) October 3, 2018
Football fans of the current generation will narrate stories of Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to future generations. We are very lucky to see all three maestros shine. However, the majority still ranks Gaucho above Messi and CR7.
Ronaldinho's free kick vs Germany in 2004. pic.twitter.com/LfqBHjmEYm
— Football Great Goals (@footygreatgoals) September 23, 2018
The Brazilian was just amazing with the ball during his prime. He danced around defenders and he liked to entertain. He won everything for both Club and country. He was in the team that lifted UEFA Champions League in 2006 with Barcelona and 2002 World Cup with Brazil. In dead ball situations, he was very good too. He netted 66 goals via direct free-kicks in his career. Víctor Antonio Legrotaglie also netted 66 free-kicks in his career.