Premier League

Players who have scored the most Premier League free-kicks - ranked

Adam McGroarty
The king of the free-kick, David Beckham
The king of the free-kick, David Beckham / Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
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When it comes to artistry and sheer individual brilliance, there's nothing quite like a cracking free-kick, is there?

English football has been lucky enough to bear witness to the likes of David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and more recently James Ward-Prowse over the years, all of whom possess supreme quality that very few can replicate.

To celebrate the very best at their trade, 90min spins you through the players who have scored the most free-kicks in Premier League history.



14. Juan Mata (8)

Mata has scored eight Premier League free-kicks
Mata has scored eight Premier League free-kicks / UEFA - Handout/Getty Images

Whether it has been in blue or red, Mata has scored some very important free-kicks for both Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Spaniard has eight to his name, with precision and accuracy taking the fore over raw power.


13. Christian Eriksen (8)

Eriksen departed the Premier League in January
Eriksen departed the Premier League in January / Dan Istitene/Getty Images

When Christian Eriksen turned up at Tottenham, the Lilywhites knew they had a real player on their hands.

The Dane not only became one of the Premier League's top playmakers, he forged a reputation as a composed and confident dead-ball specialist.

He whipped in eight during his time at Spurs, also earning a place in the 'scored two free-kicks in one game' club.


12. Nolberto Solano (9)

Nolberto Solano was also known as 'Nobby'
Nolberto Solano was also known as 'Nobby' / Stu Forster/Getty Images

Former Newcastle and Aston Villa fan-favourite Nolberto Solano scored nine Premier League free-kicks, and was one of those players that you winced at seeing over a dead-ball - if you were the opposition.

The Peruvian was unerringly accurate and formed one half of the most lethal set piece combination duos ever seen alongside teammate Laurent Robert. More on him later.


11. Jamie Redknapp (9)

Redknapp scored nine free-kicks during his time in the Premier League
Redknapp scored nine free-kicks during his time in the Premier League / Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Jamie Redknapp is fondly remembered for being part of Liverpool's late 90s 'Spice Boys' brigade, as well for his love affair with injuries.

But what most don't realise is that he was pretty handy over set pieces, netting nine throughout the course of his career - including one against Blackburn on the final day of the 1994/95 season, that could have cost them the title had Manchester United been able to beat West Ham.


10. Frank Lampard (9)

The current Chelsea boss bagged nine Premier League free-kicks during his playing days
The current Chelsea boss bagged nine Premier League free-kicks during his playing days / CARL COURT/Getty Images

Most free-kick specialists are known for their precision, but Lampard's game was oriented around power.

A Chelsea legend, he scored nine times when presented with the opportunity to strike at goal, in a career that will never be forgotten at Stamford Bridge.


9. Ian Harte (10)

Ian Harte was an outstanding free-kick taker
Ian Harte was an outstanding free-kick taker / ADRIAN DENNIS/Getty Images

It's not often your best free-kick taker is also your left-back. But for Leeds United, that was very much the case.

Ian Harte is regarded by many as the best free-kick taking defender in the history of the Premier League - and with more goals than Lampard from dead-ball situations outside the box, you can see why.


8. Morten Gamst Pedersen (10)

Pedersen was Blackburn's main free-kick taker in the mid-2000's
Pedersen was Blackburn's main free-kick taker in the mid-2000's / Rachel Holborn - BRFC/Getty Images

The Norwegian midfielder scored some belting free-kicks for Blackburn Rovers from long-range, with his wand of a left foot becoming legendary in Lancashire.

He also had great Thunderbirds like hair, which is always a winner.


7. Laurent Robert (11)

Robert struck 11 Premier League free-kick goals during his time at Newcastle
Robert struck 11 Premier League free-kick goals during his time at Newcastle / Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

Remember we mentioned Laurent Robert earlier?

Good, because it's now time to remember a player who had the most powerful left foot in Premier League history (possibly).

The Frenchman scored 11 during his stay on Tyneside, and one can only imagine how many he'd have netted if he hadn't been job sharing with Solano...


6. Cristiano Ronaldo (11)

Ronaldo scored two free-kicks in one match against Stoke City
Ronaldo scored two free-kicks in one match against Stoke City / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo will be remembered for many, many, many things for many, many, many years to come, but one moment that will always stand out is his spectacular 'knuckleball' strike against Portsmouth.

Revolutionising the art of striking a ball, he inspired a generation of players to completely alter the way free-kicks are approached.

Numbers wise, he bagged 11 for United, and is another member of the two in one match club, doing so against Stoke in 2008.


5. Sebastian Larsson (11)

Larsson was a reliable set-piece taker for Birmingham and Sunderland
Larsson was a reliable set-piece taker for Birmingham and Sunderland / Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Historically, the Premier League has been somewhat of an unhappy place for Sunderland fans.

Sure, they've had their highs, but many other lows have often outweighed the good times. In the case of Sebastian Larsson, his time at the club provided many free-kick highs - with his figure on Wearside, combined with a stint at Birmingham, also taking him to 11.


4. Gianfranco Zola (12)

Zola has is Chelsea's leading top free-kick goal scorer in the Premier League era
Zola has is Chelsea's leading top free-kick goal scorer in the Premier League era / Ben Radford/Getty Images

There's not many things more beautiful than a Gianfranco Zola free-kick, which would typically be glided into the top corner with effortless ease.

The Italian scored 12 during his eight-year stay at Chelsea, establishing himself as one of the finest imports ever seen in the Premier League.

3. Thierry Henry (12)

Only David Beckham has more free-kick goals than Henry in Premier League history
Only David Beckham has more free-kick goals than Henry in Premier League history / Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

It's easy to forget about Thierry Henry's free-kick ability considering how great of an all-round goalscorer he was.

With incredible technique and power, he's among the very best we've ever seen - and once had the audacity to quickly catch out Petr Cech when he was organising his Chelsea wall.

Real va-va-voom, that.


2. James Ward-Prowse (12)

James Ward-Prowse
What a player / Pool/GettyImages

Not only is James Ward-Prowse certain to go down as a club legend at Southampton, he's already usurped Matt Le Tissier as the club's greatest dead ball exponent.

Against Aston Villa, he became just the ninth player to score two free-kicks in one match, arching two superb efforts over the hosts' wall and into the top corner.


1. David Beckham (18)

Beckham's technique was sublime
Beckham's technique was sublime / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Six clear of anyone else in Premier League history, there's never been a more successful free-kick taker than David Beckham.

'Golden Balls' as we affectionately came to know him was the first genuine superstar of the set piece, known worldwide for the whip, dip and spin he could generate on the ball.

His technique was one of refined beauty, and he remains the man that everybody wants to emulate when they stand 25 yards away from goal.

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