Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

From Messi to Ronaldo - the world's best free-kick takers

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
During his last couple of seasons at Manchester United, Ronaldo became the undisputed free-kick taker at Old Trafford. And he's continued as the favoured dead-ball specialist since moving to Real Madrid, despite a wealth of options. Ronaldo's technique is almost unique in that he appears to kick down on the ball, creating an unpredictable swerve almost impossible for goalkeepers to track. The speed of his free-kicks also allow for some long-range action.

Ahead of the World Cup, the Belfast Telegraph will be running down the key people and factors to keep an eye out for in South Africa.

>>Click on the image to launch our guide.

From free-kick takers to WAGs, blasts from the past to the youngsters, we'll have it all covered before things kick-off in Johannesburg.

Despite the absence of David Beckham, South Africa will play host to numerous dead-ball specialists. Here, we bring you the free-kick takers to watch at the 2010 World Cup.

Source: Independent

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