Juan Mata is one of our favourite players here in the Football Transfer Tavern and there is no doubting that Manchester United’s number eight is one of the nicest guys in football but he also has a rather impressive free-kick taking statistic to boast about!
According to this viral image sourced by ITV Sport via Metro, the former Chelsea ace who won Blues Player of the Year for two years running can now boast that he is the greatest free-kick taker of all-time in the Premier League.
However, as one of our regulars notes, this is just like the stats that show he has been better than Chelsea’s Eden Hazard this season – figures which are misleading at best.
After all, of the 28 free-kick strikes on goal Mata has accumulated, the Spanish international boasts a 17.9 per cent conversion rate, scoring five whereas David Beckham scored far more down the years.
We know who we would rather have standing over a dead ball and even though this image from Metro may not agree, we think that former Red Devil Beckham was truly the master of the modern day free-kick.
Feast your eyes on this United fans!
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