As Marcos Alonso turns 31 today (28 December), we look at his five Chelsea direct free-kicks since he joined the club in the summer of 2016, and you can then vote for your favourite once you have re-visited all five..
Bournemouth (A) – 16/17
In his debut season, Alonso started to appear as an unlikely goal threat, and scored his fifth Premier League goal of the campaign at the Vitality Stadium with this wonderful free-kick.
With the Blues leading just by a singular goal, we needed a moment of quality from the left boot of the Madrid-born defender, and he duly obliged, leaving goalkeeper Artur Boruc rooted to the spot.
Tottenham (A) – 17/18
This stunning free-kick against Spurs was the first of three free-kicks for Marcos in the 2017/18 season.
Wembley’s first ever Premier League match was graced with a stunning 25-yard free-kick courtesy of the Spaniard, who whipped it over the Spurs wall and beyond an outstretched Hugo Lloris.
Over 73,000 fans were in attendance in Spurs’ first season at Wembley after the demolition of White Hart Lane and Alonso’s double ensured Chelsea ruined the party with a 2-1 away victory.
Southampton (H) – 17/18
Alonso decided to mix it up on this occasion against Saints in December 2017.
Instead of whipping it up and over the wall, Marcos decided to bend it round the wall from the left-hand side and catch Fraser Forster out at his near post.
Newcastle (H) – 17/18
Another trademark Alonso free-kick flew in against Newcastle United at the Bridge just one month later, in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
On a 3-0 victory which also saw a brace from Belgian Michy Batshuayi, Alonso’s free-kick was his eighth goal of the campaign - three of which came from a dead ball.
Crystal Palace (H) – 21/22
On the opening day of the current season, Alonso made Palace defender Tyrick Mitchell pay for giving away a dangerous free-kick 20 yards from goal.
It was almost identical to his one at Bournemouth a few years earlier, with goalkeeper Vicente Guaita not even attempting to stop the thunderous strike which ensured Chelsea started the 2021/22 in style.