Teams become nervous when a penalty is given during a match. Whoever wants to take the penalty is even under more tension so also the goalkeeper. Not every great scorer is a good penalty-taker. There have been stories of missed by star players. We look at top ten lethal penalty takers across the top five leagues in Europe and it may be surprising that high-profile players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi did not make the list.
Top 10 Lethal Penalty-Takers in Football in 2019
1. Nabil Bentaleb – Schalke
The first on the list is Nabil Bentaleb. The Schalke player has a 100 percent conversion rate. He has successfully converted all the 12 penalties he has taken.
2. Neymar – PSG
The world most expensive player has been prolific from the penalty spot in recent times. He has scored all the penalties he has taken.
3. Cristian Stuani – Girona
The forward is lethal from the penalty spot. Last season he set a new Spanish record for the most consecutively converted penalties.
4. Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
The Real Madrid captain rarely misses his kick from 12 yards. Despite being a defender, he has a high conversion rate of 90.0%. Sergio Ramos is also known for his exquisite panenka penalties.
5. Nicolas Pepe – Arsenal
Pepe has been a sensation to watch in the final third. The new Arsenal forward missed just one of his last eleven penalties this year.
6. Fabio Quagliarella – Sampdoria
Fabio always sends the keeper the wrong way. His penalty conversion is impressive. The Sampdoria striker has scored two spot-kicks this season.
7. Ever Banega – Sevilla
He is not the type to miss it from the spot every time. Banega who plays for Sevilla has scored nine of his ten attempts in recent times.
8. Harry Kane – Tottenham
Harry Kane has always shown he is the man to call for penalty duties. He netted twice from the penalty spot against Bulgaria earlier this month.
9. Luka Milivojevic – Crystal Palace
He scored an astonishing 10 goals from the spot in the Premier League last season. He is only one short of the record held by Andy Johnson.
10. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
The Poland striker is dangerous in the final third. He is a prolific scorer and has converted 16 of his penalties, missing just two.