As a tech geek and lifelong FIFA player, I‘m obsessed with finding strategies to score more free kicks. Bending shots into the top corner is one of the most satisfying feelings in FIFA. In this ultimate guide, I‘ll share my expert analysis on the best free kick takers in FIFA 23.
Who Are the Best Free Kick Takers in FIFA 23?
After extensive research and gameplay testing, these are my top 10 picks for the best free kick takers in FIFA 23:
- James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
- Lionel Messi (PSG)
- Dani Parejo (Villarreal CF)
- Memphis Depay (FC Barcelona)
- Paulo Dybala (AS Roma)
- Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina)
- Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Inter Milan)
- Marcelo Brozović (Inter Milan)
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
- Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
As you can see, the top of the list is dominated by midfield maestros and dead ball specialists ply their trade in the top European leagues.
Now let‘s take a deeper look at why these players are so lethal from free kicks.
James Ward-Prowse – The Best of the Best
With a staggering 94 FK Accuracy rating, Southampton‘s set piece wizard James Ward-Prowse is hands down the most accurate free kick taker in FIFA 23.
In real life, Ward-Prowse has scored some incredible direct free kicks thanks to his textbook technique. He strikes the ball with precision and can manipulate trajectory using both power and spin.
In FIFA 23, I highly recommend using Ward-Prowse anytime you earn a free kick within 35 yards of goal. He has the Raptek free kick style which is tailored for bending shots up and over the wall.
Lionel Messi – Living Legend
Although Lionel Messi is nearing the end of his illustrious career, he is still one of the best free kick takers in football history. The Argentine magician has a staggering 93 FK Accuracy in FIFA 23.
Messi‘s free kick ability derives from his pinpoint accuracy, capable of picking out the top and bottom corners with minimal curve. I prefer to use him for direct central free kicks just outside the box. His disguise and accuracy are lethal.
Dani Parejo – The Technician
Flying under the radar, Villarreal‘s Dani Parejo boasts a tremendous 90 FK Accuracy in FIFA 23. The Spanish midfielder is capable of generating both power and bend on his free kick attempts.
Parejo has scored some absolutely ridiculous free kicks cutting in from the right wing. He‘s one of the most technically gifted strikers of a deadball and should be on free kicks whenever possible.
Shot Power vs. Curve
One key consideration for free kick takers is whether to prioritize Shot Power or Curve attribute.
Players like Ward-Prowse and Parejo combine high values in both areas for maximum effectiveness. Other specialists thrive based on their strength in one area:
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Testing free kick takers with both styles can help determine which works best for your preferences.
Paulo Dybala – The Finesse Specialist
Currently plying his trade at AS Roma, Argentine striker Paulo Dybala has world class free kick attributes with 88 FK Accuracy.
Dybala thrives on finesse shots to squeeze the ball in at the near post. His unique free kick approach requires precise timing and aiming but can be incredibly difficult for keepers to save.
I suggest using Dybala on close range free kicks from corners and wide areas. His pinpoint precision gives you a great chance at catching the keeper off guard.
Custom Set Piece Tactics
One way to maximize the impact of your best free kick takers is to customize set piece tactics in FIFA 23.
For example, I like to set 2 players positioned parallel to the kick taker to make curved runs to the far post. This provides great crossing targets when the direct shot isn‘t there.
You can even add a "crowd the keeper" tactic where 3 players rush the goal line to distract and potentially screen the keeper. This can open up more targets for your free kick striker.
Get creative with your set piece tactics to give your best free kick takers even more options to work with.
Practice Makes Perfect
Scoring free kicks consistently takes practice. I recommend going into the Practice Arena and taking at least 10 shots from different angles and distances every time you play.
Start without a goalie and aim for the corners until you have your technique down. Then add a keeper and practice disguise, accuracy under pressure, and shooting over the wall.
With focused training, you‘ll be bending in free kicks in no time!
To quickly recap, my top suggestions for lethal free kick takers in FIFA 23 are:
- James Ward-Prowse – Best overall accuracy and technique
- Lionel Messi – Legendary accuracy from close range
- Dani Parejo – Technical wizard from the right side
- Paulo Dybala – Finesse specialist for near post goals
I hope these tips help take your FIFA free kicks to the next level. Let me know if you have any other keepers you think deserve a spot among the best in FIFA 23!