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Best free kick takers in Serie A history

The all-time football stars' technique and style is with no doubt a way for the new generation to learn how to play real football. In this article today, we will introduce you to the Best free kick takers in Serie A history.

Free kicks; a way to resume the game, or sometimes a comeback for the teams rewarded by it. The referee will award it when the opposing team breaks the rules and it's rather direct or indirect. The referee would award the direct free kick once some serious offenses such as handball and most types of foul play. On the other hand, the indirect one would be awarded for less serious offenses. As it was mentioned earlier, free kicks could be a major comeback for a team if the person behind the ball is skilled enough to turn this big of a chance into a goal or even an assist.

Taking a good free-kick is a form of art and it demands practice, talent, and creativity to master this essential technique. Many different free-kick takers employ different methods on how to take a free kick. So we can spend days talking about players and their ways on how to take a good free kick. Unfortunately, we have limitations and we can't mention every single free kick taker around the world in one article but for now, we want to review some individuals who are considered the

Top 10 Best free kick takers in Serie A history


Through the years, Italian Serie A had a little gone downhill. But it's reaching its way back up again and without a doubt, we can say that Serie A is one of the greatest national football leagues in the world. 

When you take a look at Serie A table history you’ll see lots of well-known names. Italian clubs have very professional players, loyal fans, and the highest average attendants among other leagues in Europe. 

Greatest free kick takers in Serie A history

Scratch that, Let's move forward to have an in-depth look at the Best free kick takers in Serie A history.

Miralem Pjanic

  • Roma- Juventus

One of the names on our list of the

best free kick takers in Serie A history

belongs to Bosnian professional footballer, Miralem Pjanic.Born on 2 April 1990 in Tuzla, SFR Yugoslavia, Pjanic was interested in playing football from a very young age like his father who was a former third division footballer in Yugoslavia.Pjanic began his football career playing for FC Schifflange 95 while he was just 7. Very soon he showed his high talents and potentials and in 2007, he moved to Metz starting his senior career.

At the club level, Stoichkov played for Metz,




, Juventus and currently he plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Barcelona.Pjanic had a very shining period while he was playing in the Serie A league and he won many honors including Serie A in 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, Coppa Italia in 2016–17, 2017–18 and Supercoppa Italiana in 2018.

During his appearance in Roma, he was nicknamed "il Piccolo Principe" ("the Little Prince") and was regarded as one of the most promising young midfielders of his generation.

Guiseppe Signori

  • Foggia-Lazio- Sampdoria- Bologna

The next position in the list of the best free kick takers in Seria A history belongs to Guiseppe Signori who is an Italian former professional footballer.

Signori began his youth career with Internazionale in 1981 and after 3 years he joined Lefe as his first senior career. Throughout his career which lasted more than 2 decades, he played for several clubs in Italy including Leffe, Piacenza, Trento, Foggia, Lazio, Sampdoria, and Bologna.

Signori who was a talented, hard-working, and quick left-footed striker, was regarded as one of the top ten scorers in Serie A history. He won many trophies during his career such as Serie A Top Scorer in 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, Coppa Italia top scorer in 1992–93, 1997–98, Guerin d'Oro in 1993, Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare "Gaetano Scirea" in 2004.Signori established himself as one of the best players as well as one of the Top 10 best free-kick takers in Serie A history.

Francesco Totti

  • Roma

The next legend in our list of the

Best free kick takers in Serie A history

is Francesco Totti who is the holder of the record for the most goals scored in Serie A while playing for a single club, as well as the record for the youngest club captain in the history of Serie A. After his retirement in 2017, he was awarded the Player's Career Award and the UEFA President's Award.Totti is considered to be one of the greatest Italian players of all time, one of the best players of his generation, and Roma's greatest ever player. He is also regarded by some as Italy's greatest player ever.

Totti started his early career with Fortitudo Luditor in 1983 and after a season he went on to play for Smit Trastevere for two years and before he joins Roma's youth team in 1989 he had three years with as well. He started his professional career with I Giallorossi in 1992 and his first-team debut came on an away victory against Brescia on 28 March 1993 when he was 16 years old.In the next following years, Totti's playing developed, and showed a great performance on the left-wing. He showed leadership and responsibility for the team and finally, he became the youngest Serie A club captain ever at the age of 22.Totti was well known for his high abilities in playmaking and passing, as well as free kick taking.

Michel Platini

  • Juventus

Michel Francois Platini is another Frenchman whose name is among the Best free kick takers in Serie A history. He played as an attacking midfielder and represented a few clubs including Nancy, Saint-Etienne, Juventus, and of course, his national team.He is a three-time Ballon d'Or winner, came seventh in the FIFA Player of the Century vote. Although he was positioned in the midfield, he had an eye for a goal and an offensive mind which made him a prolific goal scorer.

Born on 21 June 1955 in France, Platini began his senior career in 1972 with Nacy and went on with Saint-Étienne till 1982. Platini joined Serie A football by joining


in 1982. He had a brilliant period in Juve and established his name as one of the Best free kick takers in Serie A history.

He became the Serie A top scorer for three consecutive seasons and won the capocannoniere award, and he was France's highest scorer till 2007. He was also known for his leadership and skills, giving him the nickname Le Roi which means The King.

Gianfranco Zola

Napoli- Parma

An Italian football manager and former professional football player, Gianfranco Zola is the next individual in our list of the greatest free kick takers in Serie A history.

Born on 5 July 1966, in Oliena, Italy, Zola's career began with his hometown team, Corrasi di Oliena, where he immediately showed off his talent. In 1989 he signed for Serie A side


. The young and talented Zola scored two goals as Diego Maradona's substitute when Napoli won Serie A in 1990. Zola established himself as a star in the team and helped Napoli win the Italian Super Cup in 1991. Four years late he left Napoli to join another Serie A side,


. He won the UEFA Cup with Parma. It was with the blue and yellow club that he cemented his reputation as a creative player.

Gianfranco Zola is a right-footed fantasy player who was capable of playing as a trequartista, second striker, or even as an outside player. He distinguished himself for his ability to dribble and provide assists for his teammates.Zola Gifted who is regarded as one of the most creative strikers of his generation, owned great technique, speed, game vision, and a nose for goal. He also became famous for his excellent free-kick skills. It worth mentioning that with 20 goals, he is fifth among the best free-kick scorers in Serie A history.

Diego Maradona

  • Napoli

When we are talking about

Top 10 best free kick takers in Serie A history

, how can we don't mention this legend! Unfortunately, he passed away recently and the football world lost him but his legacy will remain forever. Diego Armando Maradona is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. He was a skillful and creative player with an eye for a goal. Nicknamed The Golden Boy," he was a gifted individual with vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling techniques whose free-kicks are well-known too.

He began his senior career with a club named Argentinos Juniors on On 20 October 1976. He went on to play with great teams such as Napoli,


, etc. With his national team, he scored 34 times within the 91 matches he played on Argentina's side. He participated in four world cups and won one. In addition to his greatness, we must mention that he was a prolific playmaker and goal scorer, a great leader whose presence had a great effect on his team's general performance. He was agile and his small structure helped his extraordinary dribbling skills. Unfortunately, he was troubled off-field life and was banned on some occasions due to drug abuse but this doesn't deny the fact he is a legend in football history.

Roberto Baggio

  • Fiorentina- Juventus- A.C. Milan- Inter Milan

The next person on our list of the Best free kick takers in Serie A history is none other than one of the most unforgettable players in the world, Roberto Baggio.

Born 18 February 1967 in Caldogno, Italy, Baggio is an Italian former professional footballer. Baggio played for seven different Italian clubs during his career: Vicenza,


, Juventus, A.C. Milan, Bologna, Inter Milan, and Brescia. He started his professional debut in 1982 with L.R. Vicenza. He played 3 seasons with the club, had 36 appearances, and scored 13 goals. Fiorentina purchased Baggio in 1985. He became extremely popular with the club. His great performances made him a hero for the fans and he was praised by several pundits.

Baggio had a creative playing style and a great ability to read the game. Not only he was a clever goal scorer but also was an excellent assist provider. Within 5 years with Fiorentina, Baggio had 95 appearances with 39 goals. Baggio won two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a UEFA Cup. He is undeniably one of the greatest footballers in history and his name will be shining among the Top 10 Best free kick takers in Seie A history.

Alessandro Del Piero

  • Juventus

The next player on our list of the Best free kick takers in Serie A history is the great Del Piero, a player who is almost impossible to forget. Alessandro Del Piero was born on 9 November 1974 in Conegliano, Italy. During his childhood, he played football with his two friends in their backyard, and between these three friends, only Alessandro could break into the real world of football. He started his career in the local youth team of San Vendemiano as a goalkeeper but then he switched to forward. Alessandro's breakthrough happened as he joined Juventus.

in 1993 he joined Juventus and played for 19 seasons (11 as captain). He remained with the Turin side until 2012 and in all these years he made 705 appearances, scored 290 goals, and had 91 assists. It also has to be mentioned that Del Piero holds the club records for the most goals. With Juventus, Del Piero achieved many trophies and honors one of which is to be one of the Best free kick takers in Serie A history.He played with the Italian national football team in four European Championships and three World Cups, his best achievement being the title obtained in the 2006 World Cup after beating the French team 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out in the final.

Andrea Pirlo

  • Juventus- A.C. Milan- Inter Milan

Born on 19 May 1979 in Flero, Italy, in the province of Brescia, Andrea Pirlo is an Italian professional football coach and former player. Throughout his professional life, he was renowned for his brilliant performances and contributions to his teams.

After so many successful years at the club and international levels, he got retired in 2017 and since then he began his career as a coach, to be able to transfer his football knowledge to the upcoming generation of Azzurri. One of the greatest deep-lying playmakers of all time has gone through a long journey to stand now as a head coach of his former club, Juventus.

According to players, managers, and sports critics, Andrea Pirlo is one of the greatest ever players in his position. Throughout his professional career, he was acknowledged as one of the greatest midfielders in the world and of his generation and also one of the icons of Italian football history. Due to his perfect skills in holding the ball, he could manage to score the highest number of free-kicks in Serie A. He was given the nickname " Architect" by his friends on Italy national team, because of how he built plays, and set up goal-scoring opportunities.

Sinisa Mihajlovic

  • Roma- Sampdoria- Lazio- Inter Milan

And finally, the next name in the list of the greatest free kick takers in Serie A history is the one and only Sinisa Mihajlovic who holds the all time record in Serie A for most goals from free-kicks with 28 goals.The Serbian current manager of Serie A club Bologna and former professional footballer is considered by many to be among the best free-kick takers of all time.Born on 20 February 1969 in Vukovar, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia, Mihajlovic started his professional debut in 1986 withBorovo. During the next 2 decades he continued his career with the teams such as Vojvodina, Red Star Belgrade, Roma,




, and Internazionale.

Mihajlovic had a high ability in long-distance striking, crossing, and passing. He was a creative, quick player who was capable of both scoring and creating chances from dead-ball opportunities.It worth mentioning that Along with Giuseppe Signori, Mihajlovic is one of only two players who have scored a hat-trick from free kicks in Serie A.Throughout his career playing for several Italian clubs, Mihajlovic received many trophies including Serie A in 1999–2000, Coppa Italia in 1999–2000, 2003–04, Supercoppa Italiana in 1998, 2000, UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1998–99, UEFA Super Cup in 1999, Serie A in 2005–06, Coppa Italia in 2004–05, 2005–06, Supercoppa Italiana in 2005.

So that was the list. unfortunately, we couldn't mention every single great footballer whose freekicks were the saving grace of the teams in Italy's first division league. However, we did our best to give you the top 10! hope we did well enough. If not, Who do you think we missed. Let us know. Thank you for reading this article.

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