Register Login Scores

Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

11 Stars Who Scored Two Or More Free-Kicks In One Game

Following Nicolas Pepe's two free-kick goals for Arsenal on Thursday night, here are 11 other high-profile players who struck a brace or more from direct set-pieces in a single match. FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi features, but does Cristiano Ronaldo?

Click through the gallery to see Pepe and 11 other players who scored two or more free-kicks in one game.

At the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, Pepe, who has struggled since his big-money switch to the Gunners in the latest transfer window, finally showed his capabilities when he rescued the Gunners with two superbly-taken free-kick goals.

With Vitoria de Guimaraes leading 2-1 in the 74th minute, manager Unai Emery introduced Arsenal's record signing, and six minutes later, he equalised with a brilliant set-piece into the bottom right-hand corner.

His celebrations were subdued, perhaps due to his poor form going into the match, but that was not the last of it. In extra-time, Pepe curled another one into the goal from a free-kick to win the game for his new club, earning Emery's praise.

Earn Airtime & Data With Soccer Laduma's Social Media App - Download Now

"Every new player usually needs time for adaptation. Pepe is a very good player, and we believe in him totally," he said, according to Sky Sports.

"We are very happy for him and us because he has two goals from two set-pieces which were perfect. He was trying last week with set-piece shooting on the training ground and I was watching his shooting.

"He is improving and tonight he has two goals, which are important for us and for him. He's continuing the adaptation in his process and as soon as he can adapt, that's better for us.

"The most important thing is the three points and that some individual players can improve, that they can take confidence for us and for them."

Pepe's magic is reminiscent of what Messi did in LaLiga against Espanyol last year, where he also struck gold with two free-kicks in one game. Amazingly, the Argentine has managed this twice in his career, with the first brace coming against Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup in 2015.

Ronaldo Addresses Retirement

Juninho Pernambucano, the man with the most free-kick goals in history, achieved three braces of free-kicks in a single match, as did Portugal talisman Ronaldo, while there have been a few others who scored a hat-trick of free-kicks in one game, among them Sinisa Mihajlovic and Kostas Frantzeskos.

Do you think Pepe's two set-piece goals will boost his confidence? Let us know in the comments section below.


Top 5

PSL Announce New Premiership Sponsor

153 Sep 24, 2020 06:21 PM in PSL

The World's 10 Highest-Paid Football Stars Today

Sep 14, 2020 08:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Pirates Make Decision On Defender After Hlatshwayo Arrival

24 Sep 23, 2020 01:28 PM in Orlando Pirates

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

17 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Reported Mass Clearout At Ajax After Promotion Heartbreak!

7 Sep 23, 2020 10:22 AM in Siyagobhoza

Chiefs Officially Unveil New Home And Away Kit

220 Sep 22, 2020 02:50 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

8 Transfers Close To Being Completed

Sep 21, 2020 06:27 PM in World News

Alleged Death Threats Made To Khanye For Chiefs Analysis!

269 Sep 22, 2020 03:43 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Sleek Bafana Home & Away Concept Jerseys Showcased

21 Sep 23, 2020 03:27 PM in The Best Of The Rest

Breaking: Chiefs Confirm Two Assistant Coaches For Hunt

180 Sep 21, 2020 03:45 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Mokoena Added To Chiefs Transfer Shopping List?

57 Sep 23, 2020 05:30 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Pirates New Midfield Ace’s Contract Details Revealed

22 Sep 24, 2020 02:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Pitso Hits Back At Critics: They Are Also Billionaires!

207 Sep 24, 2020 10:00 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns