Given the chance, who would be your greatest penalty-taker ever seen in football? Allow me to give you a hand on selecting your best from the top 10 categories in the history of this beautiful game.
Scoring from the spot isn’t for the faint-hearted. Standing 12 yards away from the net with all eyes on you is a lengthy and lonely feeling in football. It’s a 50-50 situation in which you either score or miss an open opportunity.
After all, penalty-kicks grants teams a golden opportunity to take a shot at an almost unguarded goal. Only thing standing in their way is the opponent’s keeper roaming between the posts.
Over the course of football history, we have witnessed many ice-cool players who perfectly fire home countless penalties with such precision.
Here, I give the top 10 to choose from:
Yeah, I know. This wouldn’t probably be the first name on many people’s list given Messi always took penalty-kicks during his three-year stay in Barcelona.
The Spaniard was always a reliable option from the spot having missed 3 of his 34 penalties in La Liga. He especially was prolific for Valencia during his club career.
Scored 70, missed 13.
Alessandro Del Piero
The Juventus legend was an ace in penalties during his career that spanned over two decades. He was often the first choice for both country and club given his strike rate.
Piero was always accurate and reliable. This made him a must-have in any penalty shoot-out. Even during the twilight phase of his enjoyed career, Piero kept scoring from the spot until the very end.
Scored 77, missed 15.
The current Chelsea boss was a central midfielder during his playing career. Despite the fact, he was a beast inside the box. Lampard scored many long-range crackers which topped him to being a hero for the faithful Blues.
Frank struck his penalties with power and precision that left goalkeepers helpless.
Scored 60, missed 10.
For AS Roma, Totti always delivered even during the twilight phase of his glittering career. He was loyal to his hometown club until very end and in total scored 307 goals.
The Italian never lost his composure. The best example was his decisive injury-time penalty in Italy’s 1-0 victory over Australia in the last-16 of the 2006 World Cup.
Scored 86, missed 19.
Ibrahimović’s countless talents expand to the spot. He may be 38 but he is still making a difference for AC Milan. Majority of the Swede’s goals from the spot came during his time in PSG.
Scored 79, missed 11.
Never was it boring watching Henry step up to take a penalty for Arsenal. You could never predict what he was plotting given his vast array of tricks and interests in experimenting.
Scored 28, missed 7.
Matt Le Tissier
Tissier didn’t have the most-eye catching career. However, his midfielder’s penalty instincts were unrivaled in England.
The former Southampton star boasted a fearsome record for penalty and so good that he was christened “Le God” by fans.
Scored 27, missed 0.
Marco van Basten
Van Basten was a brilliant penalty taker during his illustrious career. He often was AC Milan’s go-to-guy for penalties and good reasons as well.
The legendary was one of a kind. He ended his career in 1995 as a three-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Scored 51, missed 3.
Platini is regarded as one of the best in history. He won three Ballon d’Or awards during his five-year stay at Juventus.
His scandalous dismissal as the UEFA president doesn’t take away the fact he was an excellent spot-taker during his time. Having missed no penalty, he was a true definition of clinical.
Scored 25, missed 0.
To nobody’s surprise, Ronaldo couldn’t miss from the top 10 penalty takers list. It a questionable decision given he missed 22 penalties while Platini missed none.
Taking into account, Ronaldo bagged 121 penalties outweighing everybody on the list. The main cause behind his number of missed is down to the fact he has taken more penalties than anyone else.
Scored 121, missed 22.