Revealed! The 20 best free-kick takers in European football
15. Yaya Toure (Man City)
Goals: 4 • Attempts: 28 • Success rate: 14.29%
Tied with Lukaku in terms of chances converted is Yaya Toure. The Ivorian doesn’t get many outings these days for Manchester City, but can always be relied on to bend a delicate effort into the top corner in the last few minutes of a tight game.
14. Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen)
Goals: 5 • Attempts: 35 • Success rate: 14.29%
Austrian Junuzovic has netted some notable efforts from dead-ball situations for Werder Bremen. We like his clipped technique, a bit like a golfer trying to escape a sand trap.
13. David Alaba (Bayern Munich)
Goals: 6 • Attempts: 42 • Success rate: 14.29%
Another Austrian with an eye for goal from free-kicks. Full-back Alaba has won a number of admirers for his displays at Bayern Munich, and he’s netted six goals for the German side. He’s capable of both the swerving, Cristiano Ronaldo-style drive – which moves in the air like a plastic beach ball – and also more placed efforts.
12. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus)
Goals: 11 • Attempts: 76 • Success rate: 14.47%
Real Madrid are reportedly interested in bringing in the Bosnian to replace Toni Kroos. They’d probably score a lot more free-kicks if they make it happen. The midfielder made a name for himself with his set-pieces for Roma, and has continued that trend with Juventus.
11. Markus Suttner (Brighton)
Goals: 4 • Attempts: 27 • Success rate: 14.81%
Brighton have a secret weapon in defender Markus Suttner, the third Austrian to make our top 20 for free-kick conversion. He’s yet to score for the Seagulls, who he joined in the summer, but did net a number of efforts for Ingolstadt. Not all Austrians are great at free-kicks though, as this botched routine painfully demonstrates - but Suttner clearly boasts a talent for it.