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10 players who have missed most penalties in the 21st century

Abhinav Anand
ANALYST
Modified 11 Nov 2020
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#3 Fransesco Totti - 19 penalties missed | 99 penalties taken

Francesco Totti celebrates a goal for Roma
Francesco Totti celebrates a goal for Roma

A one-club man, Francesco Totti is regarded as the greatest player to have played for Roma.

The forward was renowned for his technical ability, goalscoring prowess and creativity and spent his entire playing career with his beloved club. In 786 appearances in all competitions, Totti scored 307 goals, earning praise for his consistency and elegance.

The 44-year old retired from playing 2017 and immediately become a club director at Roma. He stepped down from the role in 2019, thus ending his 30-year association with the club.


#2 Cristiano Ronaldo - 27 penalties missed | 162 penalties taken

Cristiano Ronaldo has been in good form
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in good form

Having represented some of the biggest clubs in world football, Cristiano Ronaldo's performances have resulted in many calling him one of the greatest ever to have played the game.

Having began his career at Sporting CP, Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003. After six successful years at the club, a big-money move to Real Madrid beckoned. Here, the Portugal international would become the club's all-time top goalscorer and win every trophy possible, before leaving for Juventus in 2018.

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The 35-year old has been in fine form in Serie A since making his debut, leading the line well for Juventus and scoring at a consistent rate.


#1 Lionel Messi - 27 penalties missed | 126 penalties taken

Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona
Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona

Arguably the greatest to have played the game, it would be fair to say that Lionel Messi has not been at his very best this season.

However, there is no denying his influence at Barcelona, for whom he is regarded as the greatest player to worn the famous shirt. Since making his debut in 2004, the Argentina international has made 741 appearances, scoring 640 goals and providing countless assists.

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With just one year left in his Barcelona contract, Messi admitted earlier this year that he would have liked to leave the club in the summer. Manchester City have been linked with the 33-year old.


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Published 11 Nov 2020, 20:25 IST
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