The art of the free kick is undeniably beautiful when it comes to fruition. This EA FC 24 guide will look at the best FK takers for career mode and ultimate team. This list has it all, from some big names to ones that are relatively unknown.
James Ward-Prowse (Free Kick Accuracy – 94)
A name that needs no debate regarding the skill of taking free kicks — James Ward-Prowse: the Englishman, 28-year-old, who currently plays football for West Ham, has been scoring free kicks since his early days at Southampton, becoming an iconic player on the field. Throughout his spell for The Saints, he made 344 appearances, scoring 49 goals from the central midfield position. In 2017, Ward-Prowse made his international debut for England, where he is the designated free-kick taker.
Lionel Messi (Free Kick Accuracy – 93)
Arguably the GOAT in football, Messi doesn’t have many weaknesses in his game, or any that can’t be replaced with his immense ball skills, silky touch, and phenomenal finishing that helped Argentina win the World Cup against France. Within EA FC 24, Messi is a free-kick specialist with a massive rating of 93. He also has a great shot power of 83 and a rating of 93 in curving the ball.
Dani Parejo (Free Kick Accuracy – 91)
Currently playing his football for La Liga side Villarreal, Parejo is another free-kick master in real life and in the game of FIFA with a rating of 91 in FK accuracy. He also offers other player specialities such as playmaker, crosser, and complete midfielder. Within the game, Parejo is rated at 84 and can fit into any team that is looking to win the Champions League or play controlling football in the centre of the park.
Ager Aketxe (Free Kick Accuracy – 90)
Another Spanish player with astounding free-kick ability is Aketxe, who currently plays his football for Eibar in the Segunda Division in Spain. Having made over 60 appearances for the side, Aketxe is no joke in the attacking midfield role, creating and taking goals for himself. Game-wise, Aketxe has an FK accuracy of 90, a curve at 84, and shows power at a mighty 91 rating. These attributes, combined with his distance shooter and FK specialist player specialities, make him a formidable game threat, even if he is only rated 74.
Lucas Zelarayán (Free Kick Accuracy – 89)
After an impressive spell in the MLS for Columbus Crew, having made 38 goals in 97 appearances, Zelarayán hasn’t let down the hype since joining Al-Fateh in the Pro League. His free-kick ability is nothing to joke about, and in the game, we can see why. Zelarayán has an impressive free kick accuracy of 89, a curve of 82, and a shot power of 79, and whilst he doesn’t have the FK specialist player speciality, he does possess a few playstyles, including dead ball, pinged pass, whipped cross, technical, flair, first touch, and travel. Zelarayán plays in the CAM position and can shift well for teams that love 4-3-3 attacking football.
Vincenzo Grifo (Free Kick Accuracy – 88)
SC Freiburg’s Grifo has heaps of experience playing in Germany as a left-winger and an attacking midfielder, having previously played for 1899 Hoffenheim and Borussia Mönchengladbach. Grifo’s most renowned ability is his incredible free kick taking in which he is a FK specialist in the game. With a rating of 88 in FK accuracy and 89 for curve, there aren’t many better options if you’re looking for a solid midfielder who can score set plays.
Paulo Dybala (Free Kick Accuracy – 88)
A big name in Seria A and in the world of football, Dybala has had a fantastic career in the Italian league playing for Palermo, Juventus, and now Roma, where he has scored 17 goals in 38 games. With a solid ability to finish, Dybala can score free kicks as well as anybody. In EA FC, Dybala has an FK rating of 89, a curve rating of 89, and a shot power rating of 84 — that’s mighty impressive. Sadly, signing Dybala will be hard if you’re playing with a lower team in career mode. He is an 86-rated player with a release clause of €115.6 million. We would say it’s worth it for such a complete attacking midfielder.
Cristiano Biraghi (Free Kick Accuracy – 88)
Staying with Seria A players, we have Biraghi, who currently plays for Fiorentina as a left-back. As a player who began his career in 2010, Biraghi is continuing a colourful career, having made many loan moves from Inter Milan over the years. As a left-back, free-kick ability isn’t guaranteed, but Biraghi has managed to create a reputation for his ability to score from outside the box with a free-kick accuracy rating of 88 in the game. Biraghi also carries two playstyles within the game: dead ball and whipped cross.
Neymar Jr (Free Kick Accuracy – 87)
Since he moved from PSG to Al Hilal, Neymas has only made three appearances but still holds up as one of the best players in the world. This also applies to his free-kick ability, for which he is rated 87 in EA FC 24. Moreover, Neymar has the dribbler, FK specialist, and acrobat player specialities, making him a great addition to any team that needs world-class talent.
Enis Bardhi (Free Kick Accuracy – 87)
Enis Bardhi of Turkish side Trabzonspor has also had a successful career, scoring free kicks for his current side and Levante in La Liga. Within the game, Bardhi has the FK specialist player specialty and a FK accuracy overall of 87. Curve rates are at 84, and shot power is at 84. Meanwhile, Bardhi is only rated 74 in the game. He doesn’t mess up about the free kick.