Free-kick goals are some of the most eye-catching, mouth-watering sights on the planet. Or at least in the world of football. There is nothing quite like a free-kick goal and the excitement that it brings. The further out it is, the better in most cases.
The Premier League has seen some incredibly gifted free-kick takers from Cristiano Ronaldo to Garth Bale; however, one man stands out above the rest as the highest scorer of free-kicks in the division’s history.
It should really come as no surprise that David Beckham is the all-time free-kick goalscorer in the Premier League. The former Manchester United player scored 18 free-kick goals during his time at Old Trafford. Over the course of his career playing for the likes of Manchester United, England national team, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain, Beckham scored an unbelievable 65 free-kick goals.
Beckham’s ability to strike a dead-ball was like no one else on the planet. Many critics of Beckham claimed the Englishman could only take free-kicks. While there was more to his game, Beckham was a master of the dead-ball.
The former Manchester United star sits atop a list with some incredible dead-ball specialists that also graced the Premier League. Ex-Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola scored 12 free-kick goals during his time in the division while Thierry Henry also scored 12 times for Arsenal from free-kicks.
What about Ronaldo and Messi?
Current Juventus star Ronaldo could have drawn closer to Beckham’s record of 18 goals had he stayed in the Premier League. However, Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid in 2009 after scoring 11 free-kick goals. Ronaldo went on to score 32 free-kick goals at Real Madrid notching a remarkable number of dead-ball goals for the club.
In comparison, Ronaldo’s eternal rival Lionel Messi has scored 42 career free-kick goals for Barcelona and Argentina. With such high numbers, questioning La Liga’s defences and goalkeepers is a must.