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Ranking Free-kick Takers From the Categories 'Greatest' to 'Not a Footballer'

Mudeet Arora
Juninho is one of the greatest free-kick takers in football
Juninho is one of the greatest free-kick takers in football / PHILIPPE MERLE/Getty Images

Former Lyon ace Juninho Pernambucano has been named as the best ever free-kick specialist in football, beating the likes of David Beckham and Lionel Messi in our version of the rankings.

Best free-kick takers
Best free-kick takers ranking / TierMaker

Juninho, who retired in 2013 holds the world record of scoring 75 direct free-kicks in his career. He has been categorised as the 'GOAT' of free-kick takers.

His main rivals, ranked 'World Class', are David Beckham, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Andrea Pirlo and Lionel Messi, who have been brilliant at free-kicks throughout their incredible careers.

Perhaps it is harsh to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard in the 'Over-Rated' category but if you go to see, we're analysing careers at free-kicks here, not moments.

In the 'Underrated' category are Juan Mata and Seb Larsson (who's scored the most Premier League free-kicks over the last 15 years with 11). They're joined by Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho.

Gareth Bale and Didier Drogba come in the 'Good' category.

Here are the final rankings:

GOAT: Juninho Pernambucano

World Class: David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Andrea Pirlo

Underrated: Juan Mata, Miralem Pjanic, Thierry Henry, Sebastian Larsson, Ronaldinho, Gianfranco Zola, Morten Gamst Pedersen

Good: Gareth Bale, Didier Drogba, James Maddison, Kevin De Bruyne, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alessandro Del Piero, David Alaba, James Ward-Prowse

Overrated: Cristiano Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard

Bad: Mario Balotelli, Josip Ilicic, Alvaro Recoba, Junior Stanislas, Memphis Depay

Not A Footballer: Robert Huth, Camillo Ciano

P.S: our rankings are only of modern day footballers.