Guardiola names best free-kick taker in the world

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse is the best free-kick taker in the world.

Guardiola has worked with Lionel Messi at Barcelona but he believes Ward-Prowse is the best he has ever seen.

Ward-Prowse has converted 11 direct free-kicks in the last five seasons, only Messi has more with 20.

But Guardiola told a press conference on Friday: “There is no better taker.

“Southampton have the best free-kick taker I have ever seen, or at least he is in the world right now.

“He is so good that maybe you miss a little bit of the footballer player. He is a team player of great quality, without the ball and with the ball.

“He really understands the game but it is his free-kicks, set-pieces, and corners that people pay more attention to.”

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Guardiola was speaking before his side’s game against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Premier League leaders Manchester City are looking to make it 13 Premier League wins in a row.

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