Free kick goals are always memorable in Football. It takes great skill and technique to score goals from free kicks and there have been only a handful of players who’ve managed to perfect that art. They are wonderful to watch and when scored on the right occasion when the team is in dire need of a goal, it becomes a lifelong memory. Let’s now take a look at the 3 most memorable Free Kick Goals in History.
David Beckham – England Vs. Greece 2001:
They don’t say ‘Bend it like Beckham‘ for nothing. Beckham is one of those select few, who’ve mastered the art of curving the ball past everybody and into the back of the net. Back in 2001, when England were facing defeat at the hands of Greece and elimination from the Qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, the situation was dire. It was the 92nd minute and England were awarded a free kick, 25 yards away from goal. If there was anyone in the team who could score and send England to the World Cup, it was Beckham. Boy, did he deliver! The perfect curler and the stadium erupting are definitely memories one would never forget in a lifetime! Here’s the video.
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Ronaldinho – Brazil Vs England 2002:
It was the Quarter Finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan and the match between Brazil and England was heading to a 1-1 draw and the prospect of playing for the Golden Goal was looming large. It was then that Ronaldinho stepped up to take a free kick 45 yards out, almost near the team dugouts. Smiling brightly with shiny white teeth, he put the ball down, ran up and produced a miracle. The poor England keeper David Seaman had no chance. He ran, jumped and fell, but could not even put a fingertip to the screamer of a free kick from Ronaldinho! It was sealed then, Brazil were going to the World Cup Semi-Finals. Here’s the video of that memorable free-kick goal.
Roberto Carlos – Brazil Vs France 1997:
Unlike the previous two, this goal wasn’t during a crunch situation. However, don’t let that fact take anything away from the sheer awesomeness of this free-kick though. Brazil had been awarded a free-kick 40 yards out and Carlos stepped up, placed the ball and ran back another 20 yards. Then, like a sprinter running towards the finish line, he ran towards the ball, swung his foot around and did pure magic! Trust me, what he did that day, still makes even Physicists wonder in awe. See for yourself.