Juninho Pernambucano is widely regarded as one of the greatest free-kick takers of all time. The former Lyon and Brazil midfielder has scored the most free-kick goals in football history, with an impressive tally of 77 goals from direct free-kicks.
Juninho began his career in Brazil with Vasco da Gama, before moving to Lyon in 2001. It was at Lyon where Juninho truly established himself as one of the best free-kick takers in the world. During his time at the French club, he scored an incredible 66 free-kick goals in all competitions.
Juninho’s free-kick technique was unique and extremely effective. He would approach the ball at an angle, and then curl it over the wall with his left foot. His technique was so effective that it earned him the nickname “The King of Free-Kicks”.
Juninho’s free-kick prowess was not limited to Lyon. He also scored 11 free-kick goals for Brazil, making him the most prolific free-kick taker in the country’s history. He was also the top free-kick scorer in the French Ligue 1 for six consecutive seasons.
Juninho’s free-kick record is impressive, but it is still lower than the figures of some of the other greats of the game. Lionel Messi’s figure of 64 free-kick goals puts him above Diego Maradona’s total of 62 goals from direct free-kicks.
However, it is Juninho who holds the record for the most free-kick goals in football history. His technique and skill have been an inspiration to many aspiring free-kick takers, and his record is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.
Juninho’s free-kick goals have been a major factor in his success as a footballer. He has won numerous individual awards, including the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2007. He has also been named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI on three occasions.
Juninho’s free-kick record is a testament to his skill and dedication. He has set the bar for free-kick takers, and his record is unlikely to be surpassed anytime soon. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest free-kick takers of all time, and his legacy will live on for many years to come.