When play stops dead some 25 yards from goal, the crowd goes silent and waits in anticipation. It knows what's about to happen.
For many, there will be little worry. Indeed, the vast majority will think, "It's going to need to be one hell of a hit." Or, more likely, "Bah, the keeper's got it covered."
This isn't about those players.
This is about those specialists who have perfected their crafts and who make opposing supporters think, "Uh-oh, this could be trouble."
This is about the players who have mental fortitude—aligned with technical brilliance—to fire the ball up and over or around a wall, past a startled goalkeeper, and into the back of the net.
It's about those who can do it again. And again.
These are the masters of the free-kick, and here is an attempt at ranking the top 16.
Remember, don't hesitate to leave your opinion in the comments section below if you think there's someone who deserves a place.
Until then, read on, watch the videos and enjoy.