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Shunsuke Nakamura Included in FIFA 17’s Top 10 Free-Kick Takers at Age of 38

Shunsuke Nakamura Included in FIFA 17’s Top 10 Free-Kick Takers at Age of 38

Shunsuke Nakamura will never lose it – at least not in FIFA 17 anyway.

The Japanese midfielder is fondly remembered by Celtic fans from his four-year spell at the club between 2005 and 2009.

He scored 34 goals in 166 games, helping Gordon Strachan’s side then to three league titles, one Scottish Cup, two League Cups and some memorable European nights.

But a big part of why Nakamura be remembered is his free-kicks – with his stunning efforts against Manchester United and Kilmarnock his best.

He left Celtic in 2009, signing for Espanyol before returning to Japan to play for Yokohama F. Marinos in 2010 and he’s still going six years later at the age of 38.

EA SPORTS have been busy revealing all sorts of stats and ratings recently ahead of FIFA 17 being released later this month and that includes their list of the top 10 free-kick takers in the new game.

Set piece specialist

All the usuals are there, including Andrea Pirlo, Lionel Messi, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Dimitri Payet are there – but we weren’t expecting 38-year-old playmaker Nakamura to be on the list at number nine:

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To be fair, it’s easy to see why he’s ranked so highly when you watch some of his best free-kicks from last season in the J-League:

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What a left foot!


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