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10 Leading Free-Kick Scorers In History, Messi Closes In

Despite being two of the greatest players of all time, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not among the 10 leading free-kick goalscorers in history, although the Argentine is close to entering the standing. Here are the top 10!

Click through the gallery above to see the 10 leading scorers from free-kicks in football history, according to GiveMeSport.

A few years ago, during his time at Barcelona, it felt as if Messi found the back of the net from direct free-kicks every other week. Despite his record of 57 goals from set-pieces, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner is still yet to crack the top 10.

Ronaldo, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar's longstanding rival, has scored 47 times from free-kicks across his incredible career for club and country, but just how far are they behind the leading pack?

To draw equal with Marcelinho Carioca and Rogerio Ceni's respective tallies of 59, Messi needs just two free-kick goals, and three to find himself among the 10 best dead-ball specialists the world has ever seen.

Four more, meanwhile, would see the Argentine leapfrog his former manager at Barca Ronald Koeman, who found the back of the net with an impressive 60 free-kick goals in his playing days between 1980 and 1997.

In fifth place is Manchester United and England icon David Beckham, who became famous early on his career for his wonderous right foot that would often direct the ball past goalkeepers from range.

Beckham, today viewed as one of the most high-profile footballers ever, struck 65 times from set-pieces outside the box, three more than the late Diego Maradona did for the likes of Napoli and Argentina.

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Ahead of the aforementioned stars is Brazil legend Ronaldinho, while two more Brazilians and an Italian make up the top three – click through the gallery above to see the top 10 in full!

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