World football's current stars' all-time penalty stats have been revealed

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People who don’t like football must be wondering how it’s possible for a professional footballer to miss a penalty.

The odds are, after all, heavily stacked in the taker’s favour.

If they hit the spot-kick with enough power or precision, they will score.

However, this doesn’t take into account the dreaded ‘P’ word - pressure.

Taking a penalty in front of thousands of football fans - many of who are jeering you and praying that you miss - against a professional goalkeeper isn’t easy.

And this is the reason why penalties are missed fairly regularly - even by the world’s best players.

Spanish newspaper Marca have published the all-time penalty stats of 10 of the world’s current best players to see who handles pressure the best when it comes to taking spot-kicks.

From the worst to the best, let’s begin…

10. Antoine Griezmann

Record: 17 scored, 8 missed
Success rate: 68 per cent

Antoine Griezmann can forget about taking Barcelona’s penalties with that record.

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9. Lionel Messi

Record: 89 scored, 26 missed
Success rate: 77 per cent

Penalty taking is probably the weakest aspect of Lionel Messi’s game. In fact, considering he doesn’t have any other weaknesses, you can ignore the word ‘probably’.

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8. Sergio Aguero

Record: 46 scored, 13 missed
Success rate: 78 per cent

Messi’s international teammate and close friend Sergio Aguero is also not the most reliable when it comes to taking penalties, which may come as a surprise.

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7. Neymar

Record: 51 scored, 13 missed
Success rate: 80 per cent

Neymar has missed one in every five of his penalties throughout his career so far.

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6. Mohamed Salah

Record: 13 scored, 3 missed
Success rate: 81 per cent

Mohamed Salah doesn’t always take penalties for Liverpool - James Milner also takes them - but the Egyptian’s record for club and country isn’t bad.

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5. Luis Suarez

Record: 40 scored, 9 missed
Success rate: 82 per cent

Luis Suarez is one of the best forwards of his generation, so it’s no surprise to see that he’s only missed nine of his 49 penalties.

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4. Harry Kane

Record: 37 scored, 7 missed
Success rate: 84 per cent

There aren’t many more reliable penalty takers than Harry Kane.

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3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Record: 121 scored, 22 missed
Success rate: 85 per cent

One hundred and twenty-one penalties scored - phenomenal. Yes, he’s missed 22, but that’s still an outstanding record that Cristiano Ronaldo boasts.

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2. Karim Benzema

Record: 15 scored, 2 missed
Success rate: 88 per cent

Karim Benzema hasn’t had many chances to take penalties during his career, but he tends to score whenever the opportunity arises.

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1. Eden Hazard

Record: 49 scored, 7 missed
Success rate: 88 per cent

But in first place, by virtue of the fact he has taken and scored more penalties than Benzema, we have Eden Hazard.

When it comes to spot-kicks, Hazard is currently world football’s main man.

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