They come once in a while but are nothing short of brilliant to experience.
Direct corner kick goals in football are rare but when they go in, they are a sight to behold. The ability to accurately curve the ball inwards to beat the goalkeeper from such a tight angle needs not only the incredible ability but buckets of courage as well.
As a budding footballer growing up, rarely does a coach teaches something like this, where the first and foremost thing taught is to deliver the ball in a dangerous area for the teammates to head it in. Therefore, it needs the presence of mind, the innovation and the ability to pull off a direct corner kick goal in football.
Here is a list of players who have scored directly from corner kicks.
1. Toni Kroos
The German midfielder scored directly from the corner spot for Real Madrid against Valencia when both sides clashed in La Liga years back.
2. Thierry Henry
During his time at New York Red Bulls, the former Arsenal scorer put the ball in the back of the net straight from the corner spot, in a 2012 match against Columbus Crew in the MLS.
3. Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley found the back of the net from the corner spot while playing for the United States of America against Panama.
4. Alvaro Recoba
The former Inter Milan star scored directly from the corner spot for Nacional against Liverpool when both sides clashed in the FIFA Club World Cup.
5. Roberto Carlos
Renowned for his powerful shots, Roberto Carlos scored from a direct corner kick while playing for Corinthians in a 2011 match against Portuguesa.
While playing for Flamengo, the former Brazilian playmaker scored a goal from the corner spot in a 2011 match against Avai.
7. David Beckham
Of course the list wouldn’t be complete without the set-piece master David Beckham, who scored from a direct corner kick while playing for Los Angeles Galaxy against Chicago Fire.