Dead ball specialists: Premier League’s greatest free-kick takers

Harry Kettle

When a penalty is awarded there tends to be an 80% chance in your mind of a goal being scored, but with a free-kick the opportunity for success decreases. However, with these men at the helm you can usually be fairly confident of the ‘keeper being tested in one way or another.

Of course there are world-class free-kick takers to be found the world over, but the Premier League in particular has been home to several of the globe’s greatest dead ball specialists. That may sound like a bit of a cliché, but if you’ve ever seen these 13 fellas play then you’ll understand why we use that terminology.

Whether it’s consistency or technique, there’s a rhyme and a reason behind everyone’s inclusion on this list. Free-kicks are an extremely different thing to master especially at the highest level, and the probability of actually finding the net shouldn’t be as high as it is with these guys.

Much like the Rory Delap throw-in or Matt Le Tissier penalty, it’s more of a formality that you’re going to have problems keeping the effort out.

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