Cristiano Ronaldo scored a great free-kick against Spain in the just concluded Russia World Cup campaign. It was his first in a major tournament since he made his debut in 2002. Lionel Messi is the official free-kick taker at Barcelona. However, Philippe Coutinho arrival means he can challenge the Argentine because he has a better success rate than him. In fact, both Messi and Ronaldo do not even make the top 20 when you consider the success rate. CR7 and Dybala will fight for that role at Juventus too but we all know who will win that. Today, we want to look at the five best stars in Europe when it comes to free-kicks.
5.James Rodriguez- 16.67% Success Rate
Bayern Munich attacking midfielder James Rodriguez is the best free-kick taker in the Bundesliga. The Columbian is on a 2-season-long loan from Real Madrid. It is surprising that he has a better success rate on dead balls than Arjen Robben. The former AS Monaco star has attempted 36 free-kicks 36 scoring 6 goals. This represents a success rate of 16.67%.
4. Marcos Alonso- 18.18% Success Rate
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Chelsea best player Eden Hazard has been forced to relinquish free-kick responsibilities to new star Marcos Alonso. The Spaniard has been scoring goals for fun recently especially from dead balls. He has attempted 22 free-kicks scoring 4 goals. This represents a success rate of 18.18%. He takes position two in Premier League.
3. Philippe Coutinho- 19.23% Success Rate
Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho has a better free-kick success rate than Lionel Messi. The Brazilian joined the Catalan giants from Premier League side Liverpool in January this year. He comes in with 5 goals from 26 attempted free-kicks representing a success rate of 19.23%.