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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.”

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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