Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are widely regarded as the best and most famous footballers in the world. But might they also be the best and most lethal free-kick takers?
Ronaldo is known for his trademark pre-kick routine and patented run-up, as well as for his dipping, swerving and curling free kicks. The Portuguese superstar misses often, but he’s also potentially lethal from almost any area of the attacking third.
Messi, meanwhile, takes a decidedly no-frills approach to his free kicks. The results are just as brilliant and just as lethal, but does either player have the edge?
Famous free kick takers like Roberto Carlos and David Beckham are fading into football’s past, but several free-kick specialists remain. Some are wily veterans, and some might even be a bit underrated because of their more illustrious teammates.
Watch as B/R Lead Writers Michael Cummings and Will Tidey discuss a few of their favorites, then be sure to add your thoughts below.
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