Who has missed the most penalties in La Liga history?
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Fernando Torres all feature on the list of the most penalty misses in La Liga history!
Penalties are football’s greatest blessing, and it’s greatest curse. While the winning of a spot-kick is celebrated with considerable gusto, the conversion of one is far from straight-forward. You would expect players who practice these things day-in and day-out to bury every penalty they take but stress, the pressure of the situation, nerves, and Diego Alves can alter all that.
It still is, though a grave crime to commit – missing from the spot - so here’s a list of the dozen worst offenders from the spot in La Liga history...
12. Lionel Messi – Barcelona (8)
Although not known to be a great penalty taker (which is so strange considering his expertise on free-kicks) the Argentine has missed just 8 out of 44 spotkicks at a miss rate of 18%. The Barcelona man, though, does share his penalty duties at times with Neymar Jr. which may be a reason why he’s taken so few of them.
11. Carlos Muñoz - Real Oviedo (8)
This is not good Senor Muñoz. Handing the ball to the man who had his best moments at Real Oviedo gave you the same probability of scoring as tossing a coin. Of the 19 he took, he missed 8 at a miss rate of 50% – I’m not even sure why the other players, and the coach, let him take a spot-kick in the first place!