Many teams possess a defender who can pack a punch from a free-kick. Roberto Carlos, David Alaba and David Luiz are a few of the prominent names that come to mind while talking about defenders who are also free-kick specialists.
As for French side AS Monaco, their man in the contention is the right-back Djibril Sidibé. The France international has taken up the free-kick responsibilities for the team since the start of the new season.
Sidibe has mustered two goals from dead-ball situations throughout his career. The first was during his time in Lille when he scored a crucial free-kick goal against Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de la Ligue final in 2016. His second came against Lille with his current side Monaco.
However, for all his experience from dead-ball situations, Sidibé had a moment to forget in last night’s Ligue 1 clash against Rennes. From a relatively promising free-kick position, the Frenchman lined up to take a shot in the 72nd minute.
The result was one of the worst free-kicks in the history of the game. The defender absolutely skied the ball and sent it over the moon as the Rennes faithful standing behind the goal burst into laughter.
September 19, 2020