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Premier League Players With Highest Percentage Of Goals Outside The Box

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 Premier League Players With Highest Percentage Of Goals Outside The Box

A list of the players who have scored the highest percentage of their goals from outside the box in the Premier Leaue has been revealed.

Portuguese midfielder Pedro Mendes tops the list with six Premier League goals all of which came outside the penalty area.

Current top flight players such as Granit Xhaka and Ruben Neves also feature on the list.

You can check out Squawka's tweet below.

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There's nothing better than seeing a player line up and audacious long range effort only for it to go in.

These players are certainly specialists when it comes to that.

Former Spurs and Portsmouth midfielder Mendes tops the list with six out of six but it should be seven after his infamous 'goal' against Manchester United.

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Mendes collected the ball just into the opposition half and decided to smash the ball towards the oppositions goal.

United keeper Roy Carroll then fumbles the ball which definitely goes over the line, but the referee failed to notice and the United keeper sheepishly carried on.

The years before goal line technology were bleak.

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But at least the 40-year-old has belters like this to fondly look back on.

The controversy around Granit Xhaka's situation at Arsenal has also overshadowed that he's got great technique from outside the box.

He nestles in at third in the table with six of his seven goals being long range.

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Other cult heroes of the Premier League are featured on the list such as Thomas Hitzelsperger, Tugay and Adel Taarabt.

Liverpool legend Xabi Alonso was also a fan of scoring from a distance.

11 of his 14 Liverpool goals came from outside the box giving him a 79% ratio.

He managed to outdo Mendes by scoring a 70-yard wonder goal against Newcastle United in 2006.

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The Anfield crowd erupted and teammates flooded to celebrate with Alonso who's long range lob had Newcastle keeper Steve Harper scrambling.

We all love it when a player makes long shots his trademark so perhaps Ruben Neves can be the man to take up the mantle over the next few years.

Topics: Football News, Football, Xabi Alonso, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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