Man Utd icon’s free-kick v Everton is one of PL’s greatest


David Beckham is the greatest free-kick taker English football has ever seen.

Sure, Southampton star James Ward-Prowse is quietly narrowing the gap in that regard, but he’s still a long way behind Beckham.

The former England captain holds the record for the most free-kick goals scored in Premier League action with 18 – five more than Ward-Prowse at the time of writing.

During his famous stint at Manchester United, Beckham was terrifyingly good from set-piece situations.

Pretty much every time he stood over the ball, you expected him to either make the net bulge himself of setup a teammate for a goal.

So it was rather fitting that Beckham signed off his career in English football with a spectacular moment from a free-kick.

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In the final game of United’s Premier League title-winning 2002/03 campaign, ‘Golden Balls’ produced a snippet of pure magic to help his team to a 2-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

Just before half-time with the Red Devils trailing thanks to Kevin Campbell’s early goal, Beckham lined up a free-kick near the right-hand edge of the box and from a fair distance out.

Most players would have opted to launch the ball into the penalty area in the hope that a teammate would get a head on it, but not Beckham.

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Instead, the now 46-year-old went for glory and his laser-guided effort completely deceived goalkeeper Richard Wright and nestled in the top corner.

Revisit the incredible strike by Beckham here…

Video: Beckham’s final Man Utd goal is one of PL’s greatest ever free-kicks

What. A. Goal.

When Roy Keane has a smile that big on his face, you know something quite special has happened on the pitch.

The movement on the ball after it left Beckham’s legendary right peg was verging on physics-defying and Wright was left utterly helpless between the sticks.

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United went on to win the match at Goodison 2-1 courtesy of Ruud van Nistelrooy’s penalty late in the second half.

Less than two months after that result, Beckham swapped the rain of Manchester for sunny Spain as he signed for Real Madrid in a blockbuster €37 million deal.

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