Top 20 free-kick takers in Europe revealed after extensive data research - Iforsports

Top 20 free-kick takers in Europe revealed after extensive data research

There are only a few better ways than scoring a goal than from a direct free-kick.

For some reason, there is a sense of beauty in watching a player place the ball, mark his run up and then slot the ball over the opposition and into the net.

The sense of helplessness that seems to find its way on the faces of the opposition is perhaps what gives fans the greatest joy.

It goes without saying that some players are better at these dead ball situations than others.

You would imagine that Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar would dominate a list of best free-kick takers in the modern game, but that is in fact quite far from the truth.

Data company STATS has done their bit of research and compiled a list that has counted every free-kick taken across the top European leagues since the start of the 2013/14 campaign.

The qualification process is easy. It requires the players to be currently active with a minimum number of 20 attempts at the goal from a free-kick, so one-off wonders can’t quite find their way here.

Based on that, here is the list of the top 20 free-kick takers in Europe…

20 | Suso | AC Milan

Goals 3 | Attempts: 22 | Success rate: 13.64%

20 | Gael Kakuta | Amiens

Goals: 3 | Attempts: 22 | Success rate: 13.64%

20 | Wissam Ben Yedder | Sevilla

Goals: 3 | Attempts: 22 | Success rate: 13.64%

17 | Wayne Rooney | Everton

Goals: 4 | Attempts: 29 | Success rate: 13.79%

16 | Romelu Lukaku | Man United

Goals: 3 | Attempts: 21 | Success rate: 14.29%

15 | Yaya Toure | Man City

Goals: 4 | Attempts: 28 | Success rate: 14.29%

14 | Zlatko Junuzovic | Werder Bremen

Goals: 5 | Attempts: 35 | Success rate: 14.29%

13 | David Alaba | Bayern Munich

Goals: 6 | Attempts: 42 | Success rate: 14.29%

12 | Miralem Pjanic | Juventus

Goals: 11 | Attempts: 76 | Success rate: 14.47%

11 | Markus Suttner | Brighton

Goals: 4 | Attempts: 27 | Success rate: 14.81%

10 | Mauricio Lemos | Sassuolo

Goals: 3 | Attempts: 20 | Success rate: 15%

10 | Henri Saivet | Newcastle

Goals: 3 | Attempts: 20 | Success rate: 15%

10 | Sejad Salihovic | Hamburg

Goals: 3 | Attempts: 20 | Success rate: 15%

7 | Marvin Plattenhardt | Hertha Berlin

Goals: 6 | Attempts: 37 | Success rate: 16.22%

6 | Federico Viviani | Verona/SPAL

Goals: 5 | Attempts: 30 | Success rate: 16.67%

5 | James Rodriguez | Real Madrid/Bayern Munich

Goals: 6 | Attempts: 36 | Success rate: 16.67%

4 | Marco Alonso | Chelsea

Goals: 4 | Attempts: 22 | Success rate: 18.18%

3 | Philippe Coutinho | Barcelona

Goals: 5 | Attempts: 26 | Success rate: 19.23%

2 | Paulo Dybala | Juventus

Goals: 8 | Attempts: 38 | Success rate: 21.05%

1 | Juan Mata | Man United

Goals: 5 | Attempts: 22 | Success rate: 22.73%

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