Everybody loves a good goal from a set piece. Whether they are smashed past a shell-shocked keeper given no time to move, or whether they are delicately twisted into the corner of the net, free-kicks represent an opportunity to demonstrate the artistry and self-expression that makes football such a universally adored sport.
Some players are known primarily for their talents with the dead ball. Others take the skills that make them so dangerous in open play and reproduce them when the game is broken up and static.
This list attempts to identify the players who strike most fear into the hearts of defenders and goalkeepers from free-kicks, and explain just why they deserve to be known as the best takers on the planet.