Cologne – The last person you want to see lining up a free-kick from anywhere between 20 and 45 metres is Hakan Calhanoglu, unless you are a Bayer 04 Leverkusen fan.

Calhanoglu has made a name for himself with his set-piece prowess, but there is more to die Werkself's number ten than just that, as reveals with ten things about the Turkish international attacking midfielder.

Early days

Born in Mannheim, Germany, in February 1994, the attacking midfielder nevertheless opted to represent his parents' homeland Turkey at international level, making his full senior debut in September 2013.

From Karlsruhe to Hamburg and back

He played for hometown club Waldhof Mannheim for eight years before being spotted by Karlsruher SC, who signed him as a 15-year-old. His breakthrough for them came at the age of 18, albeit once he had already completed a transfer to Hamburger SV, who loaned him back to KSC for the season.

Stepping up

With 17 goals in 36 third division appearances, he returned to HSV in 2013 with a reputation to live up to. He did not disappoint in the Bundesliga either, scoring 11 goals in what was a struggling Hamburg side, who only just avoided relegation via a play-off.

Hitting the ground running at Bayer

UEFA Champions League football followed in July 2014, following his move to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. His first goal soon followed and he contributed eight in his first season for die Werkself, including a rather special 40-metre free-kick which was no fluke either.

Fine free-kicks

Hakan Calhanoglu's free-kicks have already earned the labels "stunning" and "outrageous", and it is hardly surprising his name is regularly mentioned in a list of the top set-piece specialists in the world. He scored more direct free-kicks than any other player in the Bundesliga in both the 2013/14 and 2014/15 campaigns.

Beating Manuel Neuer

One of his personal favourites came in May 2015, when he curled a dead ball past FC Bayern München custodian Manuel Neuer. "If you can put one past the best goalkeeper there is then it makes it all the sweeter. It's important for me because it gives me the belief that I have a chance of scoring past any goalkeeper, so it's extra special for me," he said.

Perfect presser

There is more to Calhanoglu's game than just free-kicks, though. He has also shown his strength in the tackle, using his boot to get stuck in and not just for the fancy free-kicks - making him an ideal player for Roger Schmidt's pressing style.

Lucky ten

Ten is Calhanoglu's lucky number, and it is no coincidence that Leverkusen gave him that numbered shirt. "I wore 32 in my first season with Karlsruhe and didn't score, then when I got the number ten, I scored 17 and set up 15. It's an important number for me; it gives me a great feeling."

New Year honour

His free-kicks may resemble Cristiano Ronaldo's, and he also spent the 2014 New Year with the Real Madrid star. Also present to ring in the new year in Dubai was Mario Götze, who posed for a particularly viral selfie with his Bundesliga rival.

Great ascent

Calhanoglu has risen through the ranks for his country, starting off at under-16 level and including the under-17s, under-19s and under-20s, with whom he scored one of his most stunning free-kicks in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup on home soil. He has gone on to be capped at under-21 and senior level, with three goals to his name already in only nine senior appearances.