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Messi Still Outside 10 Best Free-Kick Takers Of All Time

With FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi having scored seven free-kicks so far this season, we take a look at how he compares to the top 10 free-kickers takers in the history of the game. Despite his incredible run, he is still behind Cristiano Ronaldo!

Click through the gallery above to see who the 10 best free-kick takers in history are, and how many goals they scored from set-pieces, according to Give Me Sport.

The Argentine has scored three free-kicks in his past three LaLiga matches, and has found the back of the net from a set-piece on seven occasions across all competitions this season.

Messi has now struck six free-kicks in consecutive LaLiga seasons for the Catalan giants, although there are still eight games for him to add to his current tally.

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The 31-year-old has now scored 47 free-kicks in his career, with six of those coming for his national team Argentina. Although he has been remarkable from set-pieces in recent years, he still trails Ronaldo's tally of 53 direct free-kicks.

However, the two superstars are still some way off the top 10, which consists of some of the deadliest dead-ball specialists the beautiful game has ever seen. Lyon legend Juninho Pernambucano occupies top spot with his 77 career free-kicks, with Pele closest to him on 70 strikes.

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Household names such as Ronaldinho and David Beckham also unsurprisingly feature in the list, as does the man Messi is often compared to, Diego Maradona.

Who is your favourite free-kick taker of all time? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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