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Top 7 active free-kick scorers in the Premier League

Scoring from a free-kick is an art.
Scoring from a free-kick is an art.
Varun Nair
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Modified 12 Nov 2020, 15:40 IST
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Scoring free-kicks is one of the most beautiful sights in football. Luckily for the Premier League, they have played host their fair share of dead-ball magicians.

While David Beckham was leaps and bounds over every other free-kick taker in his time, there are a few players in the league, at the moment, who could challenge the free-kick maestro for his position at the top. We look at the 7 best free-kick scorers in the Premier League right now.


#7 Willian Borges - 4 goals

Willian is one of the best freekick takers in Chelsea
Willian is one of the best freekick takers in Chelsea's history.

Willian is arguably one of the greatest South American dead-ball specialists to play in the Premier League. Teams always knew they were in trouble once Willian has had his sights on goal. A relatively short run-up, a wicked bend, and off it went into the top corner.

In his last season at Chelsea, the Brazilian was one of the leading free-kick goalscorers in the top 5 leagues in Europe. Willian, though, has surprisingly scored just four free-kicks in the Premier League. A number that doesn't in any way reflect the deadly nature of his free-kicks.


#6 James Maddison - 4 goals

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It won't be a surprise if we see Maddison higher up in this list in the future.

This a player who is likely to go up the list in the future. James Maddison is one of the best young free-kick takers in the country. The former Norwich man has already scored four from just two seasons.

In fact, 4 of his 14 Premier League goals have come from free-kicks. If not for his injury troubles last season, the attacking midfielder would've been higher up the list.

When you draw inspiration from David Beckham and have a similar technique to the legendary free-kick taker, you are bound to be good.


#5 James Milner - 4 goals

Milner is one of the underrated dead-ball specialists in the Premier League.
Milner is one of the underrated dead-ball specialists in the Premier League.
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It's been a really long time since we have seen James Milner taking free-kicks in the Premier League. The presence of Philippe Coutinho in his early days at Liverpool and the emergence of Trent-Alexander Arnold has seen the midfielder going down the pecking order, when it comes to free-kicks, at the club.

However, people tend to forget the player's expertise when it comes to free-kicks. Usually, tasked with taking deeper free-kicks, Milner has at times proven himself to be lethal. His short yet powerful run has seen quite a few goalkeepers beaten for precision.

The Liverpool midfielder has scored four free-kicks in his career. The former England international, though, last scored from a dead-ball situation during his debut season for Liverpool against his old club Aston Villa.

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Published 12 Nov 2020, 15:40 IST
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