The 9 best penalty takers in world football

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Umid Kumar Dey
Steven Gerrard was Liverpool’s penalty taker throughout his career

Steven Gerrard

The outgoing Liverpool legend is one of the most celebrated in the Premier League. At his peak, there was not another midfielder who could make an inch-perfect tackle and then lay the ball 50-70 yard up-field the very next moment.

His accuracy, when it came to taking penalties, was just as good. Having converted 47 of his 57 penalties, it is clear how good he is at blasting the net from 12 yards – just like how he is when it comes to scoring outside-the-box screamers.


Leighton Baines

The Everton man is one of the most underrated players of his generations. Rarely putting in a poor performance, he has been ever-devoted to Everton and will go down as one of their greatest players by the time he retires.

Despite being a defender, his ability to take set-pieces stands out from many others. During his career, he has scored some amazing free-kicks and has only ever missed one penalty in his Premier League career – scoring over 10 penalties in the process. The only time he missed was against Manchester United where David De Gea successfully stopped his effort.


Francesco Totti

Roberto Baggio holds the record for the most number of penalties scored in Serie A. The Fiorentina legend scored 68 goals from penalties during his time as a player. The man that is second to him is Francesco Totti.

Known for his fierce loyalty with Roma, he could have won more trophies – at least an amount that would have done justice to the caliber of player that he is – had he left the club of his heart. The Roma legend has, till date, scored an astounding 67 penalties in Serie A and looks set to beat his compatriot to the record.

Edited by Staff Editor


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