FIFA 21 best free kick takers confirmed

FIFA 21 best free kick takers confirmed

Published: 18/Sep/2020 11:53 Updated: 18/Sep/2020 11:55

by David Purcell


EA SPORTS have finally announced the best free kick takers in FIFA 21 and while Lionel Messi’s inclusion won’t raise any eyebrows, there are one or two that may do. 

The next flagship football title is hitting the shelves this October with tremendous optimism from the community, who will be hoping gameplay issues that plagued FIFA 20 are rectified this time around.

While not a great deal of information has been dropped on set pieces just yet, having a specialist on the pitch can always prove to be a difference-maker. It’s always been that way. After all, you don’t want to get a late free kick on the edge of the box and end up with an average player standing over the ball.

There have been some tremendous takers over the years, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, and more. But, who features in the top 10 in FIFA 21? Let’s take a look.

Best free kick takers in FIFA 21

Messi in FIFA
Lionel Messi is the highest rated card in FIFA 21 (93) and also the best free kick taker.

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Lionel Messi has been named the single best player in FIFA 21 for dead ball situations.

For the few people in the world wondering why, just go back and watch the footage of his goal versus Liverpool at the Nou Camp two seasons ago. He left Alisson with no chance on the night, and you can expect a whole lot more of that if he’s added to your Ultimate Team.

Below is the full top 10 free kick takers, confirmed by an EA SPORTS blog post.

  • Lionel Messi (94 FK ACC)
  • Dani Parejo (93 FK ACC)
  • Miralem Pjanic (92 FK ACC)
  • Enis Bardhi (91 FK ACC)
  • Sebastian Giovinco (91 FK ACC)
  • Shunsuke Nakamura (90 FK ACC)
  • Neymar Jr (89 FK ACC)
  • James Ward-Prowse (89 FK ACC)
  • Robert Skov (89 FK ACC)
  • Ruslan Malinovskyi (88 FK ACC)

Nakamura makes the top 10

After seeing the top 10 list, you may be wondering if that actually is the same Shunsuke Nakamura who used to grace the park for Celtic between 2005-2009. Well, yes it is.

At 42 years of age, the Japanese international is still kicking about for Yokohama FC and is a 65-rated player in FIFA 21. Don’t let the silver card deceive you, though, because clearly he knows what he’s doing from free kick situations. The Celtic Park faithful know all about that.


How to complete FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups SBC Week 5: solutions & cost

Published: 29/Oct/2020 19:31

by Nate Searl


The fifth week of Marquee Matchups SBCs is now live in FIFA 21, focusing on the batch of international games that are being played across the globe. Here’s what you need to know. 

Marquee Matchups Week 5 features games from the MLS, Ligue 1 Uber Eats, LaLiga Santander, and Bundesliga. Like with other Marquee Matchups SBCs, you will need to complete four different tasks to complete it.

Without further ado, let’s look at the SBC and the cheapest solutions you can use to finish it.

New York City FC v NY Red Bulls

The first match of the FIFA 21 SBC is from the MLS, and features New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls.


  • MLS Players: Min 1
  • Leagues: Min 3
  • Players from one club: Max 3
  • Rare Players: Min 1
  • Player Quality: Min. Silver
  • Team Chemistry: Min. 75
  • Players in squad: 11


FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups Week 5
Here’s how to complete the MLS Marquee Matchup

According to FUTBIN, this challenge should cost you around 5,000 coins on PS4 and it doesn’t require any loyalty or position changes.

OL v LOSC Lille

The second matchup comes from Ligue 1 Uber Eats and features OL and LOSC Lille.


  • Ligue 1 Uber Eats Players: Min. 2
  • Players from same league: Max. 5
  • Players from one club: Min. 3
  • Gold Players: Min. 3
  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 74
  • Team Chemistry: Min. 75
  • Players in squad: 11


FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups Week 5
Here’s how to complete the Ligue 1 Uber Eats challenge

This FIFA 21 solution should cost around 6,000 coins on PS4, and doesn’t require position changes or loyalty.

Athletic Club v Sevilla FC

The third game is from LaLiga Santander and features Athletic Club v Sevilla FC.


  • Athletic Club or Sevilla FC Players: Min. 1
  • Nationalities/Regions: Min. 5
  • Players from the same nation/region: Max. 3
  • Rare Players: Min. 1
  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 75
  • Team Chemistry: Min. 80
  • Players in squad: 11


FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups Week 5
How to complete the LaLiga Santander challenge.

This challenge should cost around 6,000 coins and doesn’t require any loyalty or position changes.

M’gladbach v RB Leipzig

The final component of the FIFA 21 SBC features the two Bundesliga teams.


  • M’gladbach or RB Leipzig Players: Min. 1
  • Bundesliga Players: Min. 2
  • Clubs: Min. 5
  • Rare Players: Min. 2
  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77
  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85
  • Players in squad: 11


Marquee Matchups Week 5
Solution to the final component of the SBC.

This is the most expensive component of the SBC, costing around 7,000 coins on PS4. It also doesn’t require any position changes or loyalty.

You will receive FIFA 21 FUT packs for each component of the SBC, as well as a Rare Electrum Players Pack for completing the SBC. Be sure to get it done fast, as it expires a week from today!