The final part of our series on the dead-ball strikes concludes with a look at the three greatest of all time!
Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United V Portsmouth (2008)
The Portugal international’s free-kick against Portsmouth looks like it completely defies science. You could try to perfect this technique for days and you still won’t be able to replicate it. Portsmouth goalkeeper David James doesn’t move as the Machester United forward smashes the ball with the outside of his right boot and into the top right corner of the net!
Mohd Faiz Subri – Penang V Pahang (2016)
Mohd Faiz Subri is an attacking midfielder who scored this goal for Penang against Pahang in the Malaysian Super League. Subri takes charge of a free-kick, far outside Pahang’s penalty box and towards the left touchline. Despite the huge distance to the target, the ball ends up in the back of the net, as the unbelievable amount of swerve completely outfoxes the Pahang goalkeeper. This unbelievable strike won Subri the Pushkas Award in 2016 for the most beautiful goal of the year!
Roberto Carlos – Brazil V France (1997)
In a competition called Le Tournoi in 1997, Brazilian Roberto Carlos scored what is probably the greatest free-kick of all time! Exactly 33.13-metres from goal, Brazil win a free-kick that looks too far out to trouble French goalkeeper Fabian Bartez. However, the legendary left-back uses his vintage long run-up and thrashes his left foot through the ball with a combination of power, technique, and magic. Barthez is totally confused. A ball heading into touch suddenly swerves beyond him and rifles into the net. This really is a genuine moment of wizardry!