Juninho Pernambucano, ex-Brazilian international, leads chart of top 10 free-kick specialists

Juninho Pernambucano, ex-Brazilian international, leads chart of top 10 free-kick specialists

- Juninho Pernambucano is the man leading the chart of top 10 free-kick takers off all time with 77 goals

- Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo are not even in the top 10

- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 53 goals via free kicks so far in his career while Messi has 47

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are arguably the best footballers in the world for the past ten years based on what these two players have achieved in the round leather game.

Recently, Barcelona star Lionel Messi dominated the headlines because of the fantastic free kicks he has scored for the Spanish champions.

Messi has scored 47 free kicks in his career so far, while his main rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus has netted 53.

But according to the latest report by Give Me Sport, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not even on the list of top 10 free kick takers ever.

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The man who is leading the chart of free kick takers is former Lyon player Juninho Pernambucano who scored a whopping 77 free-kicks before he retired in 2013.

But Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have the opportunity to make it into the top 10 list as all the players above them have retired.

1. Juninho - 77

2. Pele - 70

3. Legrottaglie - 66

4. Ronaldinho - 66

5. Beckham - 65

6. Maradona - 62

7. Zico - 62

8. Ronald Koeman - 60

9. Ceni - 59

10. Carioca - 59

Juninho's fellow Brazilian Pele is in second place on the list as he scored 70 free-kicks during his legendary career.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi's recent free-kick heroics was saluted by football fans around the world as the Argentina international is now on the verge of winning the 2018/19 Spanish La Liga title.

Messi's free-kick against Villareal was his third in three games and seventh of the season which makes him the only player to score more than 6 free-kicks in consecutive seasons in the La Liga

This has made many football fans to rate Lionel Messi ahead of his main rival Cristiano Ronaldo as regards who has better free kicks records.

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