At this point in time, there has not been a more successful free-kick taker in Premier League history than David Beckham, with the London-born winger notching up an incredible 18 goals from free-kicks throughout his time in England’s top flight.
Those 18 strikes have made him one of the most celebrated set-piece specialists in the history of the game, with Beckham also holding the joint-record for the most free-kicks scored in a single Premier League season, with 5 strikes in 2000/01. His first goal from a free-kick came in a 6-3 loss to Southampton in 1996, with Beckham lashing home a powerful effort into the roof of the net, and his final one being a sumptuous, curled effort into the far corner in a 2-1 win against Everton in the 2002/03 league campaign.
Now despite later on in his career being known more for his off-the-pitch ventures and increasingly publicised personal life, the fact that Beckham was actually a supremely talented player always seems to be forgotten – six Premier League titles, 2 FA Cups, 1 Champions League win, 1 La Liga title and a runner-up finish in the 1999 Ballon d’Or. As of September 2023, Beckham sits joint-5th with Lionel Messi on the all-time list of most free-kicks scored in football history, with 65.