Revealed! The 20 best free-kick takers in European football

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Tied = 20. Suso (Milan)

Goals: 3 • Attempts: 22 • Success rate: 13.64%

Into the top 20 now, with an entry that may leave Liverpool fans scratching their heads. Spaniard Suso had a disappointing spell with the Reds under Brendan Rodgers, who loved bringing through the young players. It didn’t quite work out for Suso, but he’s now at Milan – and playing well enough to earn international honours.

Tied = 20. Gael Kakuta (Amiens)

Goals: 3 • Attempts: 22 • Success rate: 13.64%

Another short-lived blast from the past. Kakuta was the subject of a high-profile transfer controversy when he joined Chelsea, but failed to break through and went out on a series of loans. He’s now on loan at Amiens from Hebei China Fortune (livin’ the dream) and actually doing very well. He also takes a mean free-kick, as he's shown already this season.

Tied = 20. Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla)

Goals: 3 • Attempts: 22 • Success rate: 13.64%

The Sevilla striker is in a three-way tie for 20th spot with Kakuta and Suso. He doesn’t take many, but when he does, they fly in (about 13% of the time). Plenty of clubs are rumoured to be eyeing the Frenchman after his prolific form in 2017/18, so it might be interesting to see if he takes over free-kick duties full time at a new side.

17. Wayne Rooney (Everton)

Goals: 4 • Attempts: 29 • Success rate: 13.79%

England’s all-time leading goalscorer has enjoyed something of a renaissance in a struggling Everton side, seemingly thriving under Big Sam’s tutelage (what might have been for England, eh?) One of Rooney’s best efforts was the strike against Stoke which memorably took him past Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United record in 2017. 

16. Romelu Lukaku (Man United)

Goals: 3 • Attempts: 21 • Success rate: 14.29%

Add Lukaku to the growing list of potential Manchester United set-piece takers. The Belgian only just makes it past the 20-effort benchmark to qualify for this list, and to be honest we don’t really remember him taking that many – but here’s a guided effort for Everton to remind us all what he can do.