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10 teams that have received the most penalties in a single season in the 21st century

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Modified 23 Aug 2020
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T3. Lazio - 20 Penalties (47 games) | 2019-20

Ciro Immobile won the European Golden Shoe this season.
Ciro Immobile won the European Golden Shoe this season.

The fifth and final Italian side on our list is Lazio, who finished fourth in Serie A this season, thanks to the goalscoring exploits of European Golden Shoe winner for the 2019-20 campaign, Ciro Immobile.

The Italian striker scored 36 goals in the Serie A and 39 across all competitions, with 15 of those coming from the penalty spot. Lazio were awarded 20 penalties this season and they converted 16 of them, with Joaquin Correa and Felipe Caicedo failing to convert a penalty apiece during the campaign.


#2 Manchester United - 22 Penalties (60 games) | 2019-20

Manchester United were awarded 21 penalties this season.
Manchester United were awarded 21 penalties this season.

Manchester United broke the record for most penalties won in a Premier League season in the 2019-20 campaign, where they were awarded 14 penalties. Across all competitions the total rises to 22, the highest any English side has reached till date.

Of the Red Devils’ 110 goals in all competitions, roughly 15 per cent came from the penalty spot. 11 of their 22 penalty goals proved decisive, either turning a draw into a win or a defeat into a draw.

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Though 'VARchester United' might've been trending across Twitter back in July when they sealed the Premier League record for most penalties in a single season, it should be noted that the front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood are all very agile, fast-paced players and their explosive sprints into the final third helps in drawing fouls from the defenders which, in turn, wins them a lot of spot-kicks.


#1 Barcelona - 23 Penalties (59 games) | 2015-16

FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol - La Liga
FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol - La Liga

The record for most penalties won in a season across Europe's top five leagues in the 21st century goes to Barcelona, who make their second appearance on this list thanks to a record 23 penalties awarded to them in the 2015-16 campaign.

Despite winning a record number of penalties, the Catalans failed to score a lot of goals from the spot that campaign as the trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, who took all the 23 penalties between them, had a poor success ratio of 56%.

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Their poor conversion ratio, therefore, indicates that earning a penalty does not guarantee a goal but provides a 50-50 chance of putting your side ahead, and it is up to the player to make the most out of it.


Also See: European Team of the Season (2019/20) according to ratings

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Published 23 Aug 2020, 13:40 IST
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