Roberto Carlos – The Greatest Free Kick Of All Time

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Without doubt the most famous of our powerful free-kick takers, Roberto Carlos is just one of a many Brazilian players to have developed a rocket-like shot from set-piece opportunities.

It was at the 1997 Tournoi de France that the then-Real Madrid defender shot to prominence as a free-kick striker, scoring one of the most remarkable goals of all-time.

With the ball’s trajectory starting well outside of Fabien Barthez’ left upright, Carlos’ long-range strike swerved sharply in the final stages of its path towards the goal line, clipping the inside of the post as it nestled into the back of the net.

It was a shot that would shape the player’s reputation as a free-kick taker for the rest of his career, despite a poor overall record.

At the 2002 World Cup, he would go on to notch another stunning effort in a victory over China in the group stage, but it was the effort at Le Tournoi that would forever be his defining free-kick.

Source: Bleacher Report

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