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5 players you didn't know are better than Cristiano Ronaldo at taking penalties in FIFA 17

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 01: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF scores their second goal from a penalty shot during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and UD Las Palmas at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 1, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo is not the best penalty taker in FIFA 17
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Abhijit Bharali

Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in FIFA 17 with an overall rating of 94 in the latest offering of the famous football video game franchise. The Real Madrid forward had a successful calendar year of 2016, winning the Champions League with Los Blancos before lifting the European Championship with Portugal.

He also is their reigning Ballon d’Or winner, hence there is no doubting his standing as the best player in the world. However, like any other athlete, no footballer is perfect and neither is Ronaldo.

Despite the best efforts of FIFA 17 to make Ronaldo the all-round best player in the game, there are certain areas where the 32-year-old isn’t quite the best. As in real life, the virtual reality Ronaldo has chinks in his armour and in spite of his reputation as one of the most reliable penalty takers in the modern game, there are plenty who are rated higher than Ronaldo in the penalty attribute.

Here are the five players you might not have known are better than Ronaldo at taking penalties in FIFA 17.

#1 Rickie Lambert

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - October 1:  Rickie Lambert of Cardiff City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Cardiff City at Pirelli Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The former Liverpool target man might have a modest overall rating of 72, but he is as safe as a bank from the penalty spot with an attribute rating of 96 for penalties. That rating puts Ronaldo’s rating of 85 to shame, suggesting that of all the good things that the Portuguese can do on a football pitch, he is not better than Lambert at taking penalties. Lambert might have had a career far less glamourous than Ronaldo, but he takes the cake in this category.

#2 Mario Balotelli

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Mario Balotelli of Liverpool scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Liverpool FC and Besiktas JK at Anfield on February 19, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The feisty striker, who now plies his trade in the comfortable confines of Nice and has led his club to the Champions League next season, has been widely known as a penalty specialist at all the clubs that he has played for. Hence, it is no surprise that Balotelli’s rating of 92 for penalties overshadows Ronaldo’s 85. Despite being rated 81 overall, Super Mario can at least claim to be better than Ronaldo at taking penalties.

#3 Demba Ba

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 26:  Demba Ba of Besiktas scores his penalty in the shoot out during the 2nd leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Besiktas and Liverpool at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on February 26, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ba, the former Chelsea front man, is higher rated than Ronaldo in penalties. The Senegalese striker’s overall rating is 79, way below Ronaldo’s 94, but it is a surprise that he can take better penalties than the Real Madrid star. Ba’s attribute rating for penalties is 89, four higher than Ronaldo’s 85. So, if you somehow end up having Ba and Ronaldo in the same team and earn a last-minute penalty, you know who is the safer bet to convert the penalty.

#4 Dirk Kuyt

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 05:  Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands shoots and scores a goal in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at Arena Fonte Nova on July 5, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The evergreen 35-year-old is still active and lighting up football pitches in the Netherlands, and it is Kuyt’s assuredness in penalty situations that was one of the hallmarks of his Liverpool career. In FIFA 17 as well, Kuyt retains his skill of being an ice-cold penalty specialist as despite having an overall rating of 75, the Dutchman rates higher than Ronaldo in penalties. Kuyt’s 87 rating for penalties is higher than Ronaldo’s 85.

#5 Lee Dong Gook

NONTHABURI, THAILAND - FEBRUARY 26: Lee Dong Gook of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the AFC Asian Champions League match between Muanthong and Jeonbuk at Thunderdome Stadium on February 26, 2013 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

The 37-year-old South Korean striker, who plays for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, is rated 73 overall but he stills packs a bigger punch than Ronaldo in the penalty stakes. Lee’s penalties rating of 86 is just higher than Ronaldo’s 85, but to see a veteran Asian player eclipsing an attribute of the world’s best player deserves a mention in this list. However, Lee is not the oldest player to have a better penalties rating than Ronaldo as Francesco Totti and Timmy Simmons are also better in FIFA 17 than Ronaldo at taking penalties.

Edited by Staff Editor
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