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The influential Italian midfielder once again confirmed his status as one of the best set-piece takers in the game on Wednesday evening after scoring against Catania

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has surpassed Alessandro Del Piero's tally of 22 Serie A goals from direct free-kicks after taking his own figure to 23 with his successful strike in the 4-0 win over Catania on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old has consequently moved to second place in the ranking of best free-kick takers in the Italian top flight over the past 30 years, with only former Serbia international Sinisa Mihajlovic still ahead of him with 28 goals.

Pirlo netted two set-pieces for Brescia in the early stages of his career, while adding three more to his tally during his time at Reggina.

The influential midfielder's reputation grew during his spell at AC Milan as he converted 10 free-kicks during his 10 seasons at the Rossoneri. His goal against Catania saw him take his tally at Juventus to eight.

PLAYER CLUBS (SERIE A ONLY) COUNTRY GOALS
Sinisa Mihajlovic Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio, Inter Serbia 28
Andrea Pirlo Brescia, Inter, Reggina, AC Milan, Juventus Italy 23
Alessandro Del Piero Juventus Italy 22
Roberto Baggio Fiorentina, Juventus, AC Milan, Bologna, Inter, Brescia Italy 20
Gianfranco Zola Napoli, Parma, Cagliari Italy 20

Former greats Roberto Baggio and Gianfranco Zola complete the top five with 20 goals each, while specialists such as Diego Maradona, Michel Platini and Alvaro Recoba are among the best free-kick takers of the past 30 years too.

Roma skipper Francesco Totti, with 14 goals, is the only other player, alongside Pirlo, who features in the top 10 and is still playing in Serie A.

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