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Top 50 players with the most penalties scored in the 21st century

Top 50 players with the most penalties scored in the 21st century
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Who is the world’s best penalty-taker? Check out what the stats say as we go through the 50 players with the most penalties scored in the 21st century.

Scoring penalties isn’t for the faint of heart. It can be the loneliest feeling in football standing 12 yards out from the net with all eyes on you, knowing that failure isn’t an option.

To ace these 50-50 situations, where you either score or miss, you need to possess nerves of absolute steal and obviously a talent for scoring from the spot.

If there is one player that everyone wants to take penalties in their team it’s Cristiano Ronaldo. He never loses his cool in decisive moments and is arguably the greatest penalty-taker ever.

So it’s not surprising to see Ronaldo finish top of Transfermarkt’s list of most penalties scored in the 21st century on 114.

The Juventus star may have scored 39 more times than any other player, but he deserves praise for this one. It’s an extraordinary record and proves he’s the man for the big moments.

Lionel Messi, meanwhile, is level with Francesco Totti in second-place on 75 penalties. However, he’ll probably move ahead of the Roma legend in the upcoming months.

The 50 players with the most penalties scored

PosPlayerPenalties
1Cristiano Ronaldo114
2Francesco Totti75
3Lionel Messi75
4Zlatan Ibrahimovic64
5Frank Lampard50
6Edinson Cavani48
7Steven Gerrard46
8Alessandro Del Piero44
9Ronaldinho44
10Sergio Aguero41
11Antonio Di Natale41
12Robert Lewandowski39
13Ruud van Nistelrooy39
14David Villa37
15Eden Hazard36
16Ciro Immobile35
17Aritz Aduriz35
18Fabio Quagliarella34
19Diego Milito33
20Luis Figo33
21Mario Balotelli32
22Giuseppe Rossi32
23Mark Noble31
24Sejad Salihovic31
25Dani Parejo31
26Wayne Rooney31
27Kaka29
28Danny Murphy28
29James Milner28
30Alvaro Negredo28
31Giampaolo Pazzini27
32Alan Shearer27
33Oliver Monterrubio27
34Pauleta26
35Andriy Shevchenko26
36Leighton Baines26
37Iago Aspas26
38Thierry Henry26
39Alexandre Lacazette26
40Harry Kane26
41Cristiano Lucarelli26
42Samuel Eto’o26
43Neymar26
44Raul Tamudo26
45Arturo Vidal25
46Domenico Berardi25
47Thomas Muller25
48Mikel Arteta24
49Adrian Mutu24
50Robin van Persie24