In football, the free-kick is rare in that, if it is awarded close enough to the goal, it can awaken dull games and change results, sometimes both in one sitting.
As long as there is a player on the pitch who has put in enough hours on the training ground bending the ball through a tyre suspended from the crossbar, once the ball is placed anywhere inside that invisible 30-yard arc around the box, anything can happen.
This is tribute to those players and the best results of their phenomenal ability, some have been selected for sheer audacity and others for technical brilliance.
Bear in mind when reading that there are only 10 available places, and putting together a definitive list would take months of trawling through archive footage from the Premier League to the Paraguayan fourth-tier regional leagues. In short, don’t be offended if your favourite isn’t there—just link to a video of it in the comments!
Despite the title, by the end of this list you’ll have realised that you had already seen most, if not all of the set pieces included. But that doesn’t matter—it won't hurt too much seeing them all again.
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