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THE LIST: Nos 30-21 of the greatest free-kick kings in history

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08 Apr 2009 17:43:13

THE LIST: Nos 30-21 of the greatest free-kick kings in history

Football's best free-kicks live long in the memory and so do thosetalented players who have turned being a dead-eye from a dead-ballsituation and art form. Read Nos 50-41Read Nos 40-31Whether your favourite is David Beckham's stunning equaliser against Greece in 2001, Gazza's sublime strike in the FA Cupsemi-final against Arsenal in 1991, or John Sheridan's majestic goalfor Leeds against Charlton in the 1987 play-off final replay (don'tremember it? Click here, it's a cracker), everyone lays claim to having a favourite. But who do you think is the greatest free-kick master in the world ever? This week Sportsmail'steam of footballing experts have all had their say and here's what theyhave come up with. Stick with us as we reveal 10 each day until thevery best are revealed on Friday.... SPORTSMAIL'S GREATEST FREE-KICK KINGS - Nos 30-21...30 Rivaldo (Barcelona, Brazil)        HAVE YOUR SAY...     Who is the greatest free-kick taker in history? The dead ball kings are celebrated in Sportsmail's latest edition of The List. But who is your favourite?Remember David Beckham's winner against Greece in 2001, Gazza's sublime strike in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in 1991... Tell us your No 1. TELL US WHAT YOU THINK 29 Garrincha (Brazil)28 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)27 Pierre van Hooijdonk (Nottingham Forest, Celtic)26 Stuart Pearce (Nottingham Forest)25 Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan, Italy)24 Ian Harte (Leeds) 23 Alvaro Recoba (Inter Milan, Uruguay)22 Gheorghe Hagi (Romania)21 Johnny Metgod (Nottingham Forest)VIDEO - No 30: Watch Brazil star Rivaldo banging them in from all angles in this 7min clip... VIDEO - No 29: A forward who paved the way for tricky wingers such as Robinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, Garrincha also took a mean free-kick. Watch first Pele and then Garrincha (3min 52sec in) score against Bulgaria in the 1966 World Cup... VIDEO - No 28: A masterclass selection from Steven Gerrard, Liverpool's very own Roy of the Rovers... VIDEO - No 27: Pierre van Hooijdonk curles one in from a ridiculous angle... No 26: Stuart Pearce took a free-kick like he played the game, with everything he has - like this one for Nottingham Forest against Spurs in the 1991 FA Cup Final VIDEO - No 25: This clip takes a bit of time to get going - it's put together by one of those arty sorts - before showing just how lethal Andrea Pirlo can be... No 24: Ian Harte was always the first to step up when a set-piece was awarded for Leeds within a sniff of goal VIDEO - No 23: Keeping up the quota of South Americans, here is Alvaro Recoba with 10 of the best free-kicks you will see in this list... VIDEO - No 22: A stunning collection of Gheorghe Hagi goals, starting with a free-kick, but offering so much more... VIDEO - No 21: Johnny Metgod scoring a free-kick? You know the one we're talking about... THE BEST OF THE REST OF THE LISTSportsmail's top 50 England heroesSportsmail's top 50 performers of the season so farSportsmail's top 50 all-time managers in BritainSportsmail's top 50 goal poachersSportsmail's top 50 footballing traitorsSportsmail's top 50 goalkeepersSportsmail's top 50 wingersSportsmail's top 50 FA Cup heroesSportsmail's top 50 defenders in English football


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