Football Manager 2023: The best set-piece specialists in FM23

Football Manager 2023: The best set-piece specialists in FM23
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In Football Manager 2023, set pieces can be a cheat code for an easy goal. There's even an option within your tactical tablet to 'Play for Set Pieces' – you might as well take advantage, especially if you're playing a short team who'll struggle defending you from dead balls. 

Leaders, good finishers and speedy players are all very well and good but dead ball specialists can conjure something from nothing. Whether you play with attribute masking or not, we've found every player in the game with a 17/20 or higher in their in-game attributes at the start of the game. Of course, some players improve in time – see our wonderkid list – but this is what you need from the start. 

You can put the ball in the back of the net from free-kicks and corners. From corners especially, targeting the man on the front post is a reliable source of goals for any team with good height. But to get those marginal gains, signing someone with a 17 attribute or above can really elevate your side. 


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Signing a couple of players who can deliver from dead balls can give you another edge – even if you're only looking to bring them on in the final stages of games. Of course, some of these players might be on your shortlist anyway – and the addition of this attribute could just be the edge to sign them over someone else. 

It's worth noting with these stars, too, that a "Not for sale" sign might not mean that a player is unsignable. Some clubs still have a fee that would consider for a player that they have labelled as almost unsellable. 

Looking who else to sign? We've got a full list of the best players in the game for whatever you're looking for.


The top 54 free-kick takers in Football Manager 2023

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FM23's best free-kick takers
James Ward-ProwseSouthamptonEngland27DM, M (C)£36m-£53m20
Cristian BarriosSanta BrígidaSpain31M/AM (C)£2.5k-£26k18
Daniel ArmstrongKilmarnockScotland24M (L), AM (RL)£0-£55k18
WillyEuropa FCSpain32M (L), AM (LC)£3k-£8k18
IsraelRetrôBrazil28D/WB (R)£0-£12k18
Lionel MessiPSGArgentina35AM (RC), ST (C)£28m-£41m18
Dimitri PayetOMFrance35AM (RLC)Not for Sale18
Luciano LeguizamónGimnasia (CdU)Argentina40AM (C), ST (C)£0-£75k18
Fran OllerConquenseSpain28M/AM (C)£14k-£140k18
Rómulo OteroFORVenezuelan29M (RC), AM (RLC)£475k-£1.3m18
Ignacio MalcorraRosario CentralArgentina34M/AM (L)£80k-£220k18
Miralem PjanićSharjahBosnia32DM, M (C)Not for Sale18
Ager AketxeEibarSpain28M (LC), AM (RLC)£170k-£1.7m18
Juan Fernando QuinteroRiverColombia29M (RC), AM (RLC)£50k-£3.2m18
Arnaldo GonzálezAgropecuario ArgentinoArgentina33M (LC), AM (RLC)£40k-£400k18
Ruslan MalinovskyiAtalantaUkraine29M/AM (C)£16m-£23m17
Simone VerdiVeronaItaly29AM (RLC), ST (C)£1.1m-£8.4m17
Christian EriksenMan UFCDenmark30DM, M/AM (C)£123m-£166m17
Juan ArangoMiami Sun FCVenezuelan42M (L), AM (LC)017
Ibai GómezCoruñaSpain32M/AM (RL)£300k-£850k17
Leonardo BaimaRichmondArgentina29M/AM (L)£150k-£1.5m17
Scott TwineBurnleyEngland22AM (LC)£12.5m-£15m17
TaliscaAl-Nassr (KSA)Brazil28AM (C)£12m-£14m17
Adil NabiAtromitosEngland28AM (C)£12k-£120k17
Toma BašićLazioCroatian25M/AM (C)£350k-£2.8m17
İrfan Can KahveciFenerbahçeTurkish26DM, M (C), AM (RC)£9.8m-£11.5m17
Juan MuñizAtromitosSpain30M (C), AM (LC)£550k-£1.2m17
Dimitri LiénardStrasbourgFrance34M (LC), AM (L)£24k-£70k17
Paulo DybalaAS RomaArgentina28AM (RC), ST (C)£14m-£20m17
Sebastian KerkHannoverGermany28M (C), AM (RLC)£190k-£1.9m17
René LangeJenaGermany33D (LC), WB (L), DM, M (L)£0-£55k17
Claudemir-Brazil37D/WB (R), DM, M (C)017
Alban Meha-Kosovo36M (L), AM (RLC)017
Tomas BastosOPEBrazil29AM (LC)£22k-£220k17
FernandoAntalyasporBrazil30DM, M (C)£5.6m-£7m17
Gareth BaleLAFCWales32M (L), AM (RLC), ST (C)£375k-£5.6m17
Marvin PlattenhardtHertha BerlinGermany30D/WB (L)£400k-£3m17
Kevin De BruyneMan CityBelgium31M (RLC), AM (C)Not for Sale17
Ianis HagiRangersRomania23AM (RLC)£7.2m-£10.5m17
Vincenzo GrifoSC FreiburgItaly29M (RL), AM (RLC)£8.4m-£10.5m17
Tobias KempeDarmstadtGermany33M (RLC), AM (C)£475k-£1.3m17
Francesco LodiCataniaItaly38DM, M (C)£0-£12k17
NeymarPSGBrazil30M (L), AM (LC), ST (C)Not for Sale17
Cristian FerreiraNewell'sArgentina22M (C), AM (LC)£1.9m-£3.8m17
Maximilian ArnoldVfL WolfsburgGermany28DM, M/AM (C)£8.8m-£12.5m17
Sydney van Hooijdonksc HeerenveenNetherlands22AM (L), ST (C)£85k-£850k17
Sérgio OliveiraGalatasarayPortugal30DM, M (C)£8m-£9.6m17
Dani ParejoVillarrealSpain33DM, M/AM (C)Not for Sale17
Pedro GalvánBalonpié (Bolívar)Argentina36AM (RC)Not for Sale17
Alessandro DiamantiWestern United FCItaly39M (C), AM (RLC)£0-£16k17
ÓscarVigoSpain24M (C), AM (LC)£11.5m-£14m17
Scott TiffoneyPartick ThistleScotland23AM (RL), ST (C)£26k-£250k17
Iván TapiaBarracas CentralArgentina23M/AM (C), ST (C)£140k-£1.4m17
Lasse SchöneN.E.C. NijmegenDenmark36DM, M/AM (C)£100k-£1m17


The top 28 corner takers in Football Manager 2023

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FM23's best corner takers
JavichoEstradenseSpain39AM (LC)£0-£16k20
James Ward-ProwseSouthamptonEngland27DM, M (C)£36m-£53m20
Toni KroosReal MadridGermanyy32DM, M (C)£30m-£42m19
Joe JacobsonWycombe WanderersWales35D (LC)£0-£24k19
Vincenzo GrifoFreiburgItaly29M (RL), AM (RLC)£8.4m-£10.5m18
Hakan CalhanogluInter MilanTurkey28M/AM (LC)£27m-£31m18
Ivan RakiticSevillaCroatia34DM, M/AM (C)Not for sale18
Christopher TrimmelUnion BerlinAustria35D/WB (R)£375k-£1m18
Ricardo Quaresma-Portugal38AM (RL)£018
Cody GakpoPSVNetherlands23M (L), AM (RL), ST (C)£46m-£54m17
Alex TellesSevillaBrazil29D/WB (L)£14m-£20m17
Rusan MalinovskyiAtalantaUkraine29M/AM (C)£15m-£23m17
Jonas HofmannBorussia MonchengladbachGermanyy29M/AM (RC)£21m-£25m17
Borna BarisicRangersCroatia29D/WB (L)£6.4m-£7.4m17
Thomas OuwejanSchalkeNetherlands25D/WB (L), DM, M (LC)£190k-£1.9m17
Giacomo CaloCosenzaItaly25DM, M (C)£60k-£600k17
Luis AlbertoLazioSpain29M/AM (C)£25m-£31m17
Maximilian ArnoldWolfsburgGermanyy28DM, M/AM (C)£9.8m-£12.5m17
Marc Stendera-Germanyy26M/AM (C)£017
James RodriguezOlympiacosColombia30AM (RLC)£11.5m-£16m17
Tobias KempeDarmstaftGermanyy33M (RLC), AM (C)£475m-£1.3m17
Maximiliano Carrasco-Argentina34M (RC), AM (R)£017
Sean GossMotherwellEngland26DM, M (C)£110k-£1.1m17
Pedro LeonMurciaSpain35M/AM (R)£130k-£350k17
Alessandro DiamantiWestern UnitedItaly39M (C), AM (RLC)£0k-£16k17
Barry MaguireMotherwellScotland24DM, M (C)£16k-£170k17
Pascal GrossBrighton & Hove AlbionGermanyy31M (C), AM (RLC)£19m-£27m17
Damian DiazBarcelona SCEcuador36AM (RLC)Not for sale17
Now the world of Football Manager feels even closer to the real football world


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Reasons to buy

Licensed competitions make FM23 more realistic than ever
The Squad Planner and experience matrixes are welcome additions
Fans are represented via Supporter Confidence
Tactics are more realistic now, with defending easier to coach
Enhanced match engine

Reasons to avoid

Set pieces need updating

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