The free kick in soccer is a game changer and often a game decider. The free kick is one of the few times in soccer the game stops and all eyes are focused on, usually, a small group of two or three players standing around the soccer ball at the top of the goal box as a wall lines up in front of them. All eyes watch and wait to see if the player can put enough bend on the ball to go around the wall or up and over and into the back of the net for the goalkeeper to pick out as he shakes his head.
Really though, the free kick is a duel more between one player and the goalkeeper. Can the player bend the ball into the upper corner? Can the player surprise the keeper with a powerful shot over the wall? Can the player knuckle the ball past the keeper like Cristiano Ronaldo?
Here are some of the best soccer free kicks ever, by the likes of Messi, Beckham and Ronaldo:
Check out these free kick ideas and watch a few of the experts strike the ball from the list of videos below.
Watch Andrea Pirlo bend the ball into the upper corner. Pirlo makes it look so easy. I don't think he could have put the ball any closer to the upper corner if he shot the ball out of a laser type rocket.