The finest of free-kick takers in Serie A: The direct free-kick goals are one of the most talked-about aesthetic beauties in the game of football. Over the course of history, many players carved their names on the minds of the football fans purely because of one moment of magical free-kick. But there is certainly a difference between doing it once and doing it consistently. Doing it once makes one an icon but doing so repeatedly produces legends. Here are the top 5 of them who waved their magic wands in Serie A –
#5 Diego Maradona:
How can we not mention this legend when discussing the top 5 best free-kick takers in Serie A history? His legacy will live on forever, even though he passed away recently. Among the great teams, he played for was SSC Napoli in Serie A. He had a keen eye for goals and was creative and skilful. His free-kicks were renowned too, as well as his passing, ball control, and dribbling techniques. Dribbling was made easier for him by his agility and small structure. Despite his off-field problems and drug abuse, he stands as one of the greatest players in football history.
3 November 1985, Maradona scored a brilliant free-kick from a tight angle in a 1-0 home win against Juventus: "With this goal, I won the hearts of the Neapolitans". 🤩💙 #ForzaNapoliSempreAdvertisement
— Everything Napoli (@NapoliAndNaples) November 2, 2020
#4 Roberto Baggio:
Italian former professional footballer Baggio was born on 18 February 1967 in Caldogno. During his career, Baggio played for seven different Italian clubs: Vicenza, Fiorentina, Juventus, A.C. Milan, Bologna, Inter Milan, and Brescia. It was Baggio’s ability to read the game that stood out from other players. Additionally, he was an excellent assist provider as well as an excellent goal scorer. In his career, he won two Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia and one UEFA Cup and retired as one of the best footballers and also free-kick takers in Serie A history.
#3 Alessandro Del Piero:
At the San Vendemiano youth team, Alessandro Del Piero began his playing career as a goalkeeper but later switched to forward. After joining Juventus, Del Piero began to emerge as an international star. A 19-year veteran of Juventus (11 as captain), he joined the club in 1993. He made a total of 705 appearances with Turin from 2000 to 2012, scoring 290 goals and helping to set up 91 assists. Furthermore, Del Piero holds the record for scoring the most goals for the club. Among his many accomplishments with Juventus is his ranking as one of the best free-kick takers in Serie A history.
#2 Andrea Pirlo:
Andrea Pirlo was hailed as one of the greatest players in his position by many sports critics. Over the course of his professional career, he established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world, as well as one of the most important figures in Italian football history. He was able to score most of the free-kicks because of his excellent skills in holding the ball. It was because of how he developed plays and created goalscoring opportunities that he was given the nickname “Architect” by his teammates.
Andrea Pirlo was a true free-kick specialist 🎯pic.twitter.com/rhshnEPpar
— GOAL (@goal) May 19, 2020
#1 Sinisa Mihajlovic:
Sinisa Mihajlovic holds the Serie A record for most goals from free-kicks with 28 goals and is the next name in the list of the greatest free-kick takers in Serie A history. Mihailovic was an expert in long-range striking and passing. As well as scoring, he was also capable of creating chances when faced with dead-ball opportunities. Mihajlovic won many trophies during his career while representing several Italian clubs. These include Serie A titles, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
Siniša Mihajlović. Free-kick phenomenon.Advertisement
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