FIFA 21 best free kick takers confirmed
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FIFA 21 best free kick takers confirmed

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

by David Purcell

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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.

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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.

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Best free kick takers in FIFA 21

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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.

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  • 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.

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FIFA 21 TOTW 2 live: Lewandowski, Haaland, Kane, Saint-Maximin, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:05 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:11

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS have released the second batch of Team of the Week players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like there are some exciting cards up for grabs this week.

Following the completion of another busy game week across football’s top-flight leagues, a new set of TOTW players has been released, featuring some huge names and valuable cards.

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Dexerto made a number of predictions earlier in the week, included at the bottom of this article, so let’s see how they stacked up with leaks and ultimately, the official team as well.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2

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The full Team of the Week #2 in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!

Just as with the first Team of the Week, the second TOTW squad is stacked with top talent, such as the likes of Lewandowski, Courtois, Kane, and Haaland. While not as high-rated as those studs, the likes of Milan’s Hernandez and Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin should also draw a lot of attention as being “meta” players.

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Here are some of the players you might be interested in:

  • Erling Haaland (86)
  • Robert Lewandowski (92)
  • Harry Kane (89)
  • Thibaut Courtois (90)
  • Ben Chilwell (84)
  • Theo Hernandez (83)
  • Jack Grealish (83)
  • Ollie Watkins (81)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (83)
  • Renato Sanchez (82)
  • Marcel Halstenberg (84)

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2 leaked

Ahead of EA SPORTS confirming the full TOTW #2, the full squad was claimed to have been leaked – and the leaker even managed to get his hands on the same image that EA would end up tweeting out.

When did TOTW 2 go live in FIFA 21?

EA SPORTS revealed this next FIFA Team of the Week squad at 6PM (UK time) Wednesday, October 7, 2020. As per usual, they were announced and droped into packs at 6pm BST / 12pm CT / 1pm EST / 3am AEST.

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These boosted player upgrades are now being announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21, unlike other years where we knew about them three hours prior. 

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This could be a cracking TOTW just in time for the full FIFA 21 release!

FIFA 20 Team of the Week 32 predictions

What a week! Competitions around the world have come back for the 2020/21 season, soon after the end of last year’s staggering campaign. The back-to-back nature of these seasons, it seems, is going to lead to some exciting games.

The biggest news from the Premier League this week was Aston Villa and Tottenham each dolling out huge defeats for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Ollie Watkins scored three and assisted one as he led the Villans to a 7–2 victory over the champions, while Heung Min Son was unplayable against United.

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There were a number of other standout performances across the weekend too. Neymar Jr. was at his electric best against Angers, while FIFA 21 cover star Erling Haaland kept up his goalscoring record in a 4–0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

Here are our TOTW 2 predictions, so let’s see how many we got right this week!

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TOTW 2 predictions

  • GK – Marko Dmitrović – SD Eibar
  • GK – Jiri Pavlenka – Werder Bremen
  • CB – Marvin Friedrich – Union Berlin
  • RB – Facundo Roncaglia – Osasuna 
  • LB – Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
  • LB – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United
  • LB – Marcel Halstenberg – RB Leipzig
  • CM – Jorginho – Chelsea
  • CM – Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad
  • CM – Dani Di Wit – AZ Alkmaar
  • CM – Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
  • CAM – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
  • RW – James Rodriguez – Everton
  • RM – Marcus Harness – Portsmouth
  • RW – Galeno – Braga 
  • LM – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United
  • LW – Neymar – PSG
  • LW – Heung Min Son – Spurs
  • ST – Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund 
  • ST – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
  • ST – Patson Daka –  RB Salzburg
  • ST – Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
  • ST – Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

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