Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Zlatan: Who has missed the most penalties in the 21st century?

Holding the tag of ‘most penalties missed’ is never a nice prospect for any footballer.

Those entrusted with the duty of taking a spot kick are often the most calm and collected, most technically gifted footballers within a team.

And whilst the odds are always stacked in the favour of the taker over the goalkeeper, that only serves to add to the pressure of the situation.

As a matter of fact, once a player begins to miss penalties on a regular basis for a team, they’ll often be relieved of their duties and another will step up in their absence.

Which means that players don’t usually get that many chances to slip up when it comes to penalty taking.

Especially when goal hungry strikers, eager to add to their returns for the season are lingering in the background.

Players that have missed the most penalties in the 21st century

Predicting potential inclusions in this top 10 feels like a near impossible task to gauge, which is strange because usually you at least have some idea.

It goes without saying that those who have taken the most penalties will be more likely to make up the numbers.

And let’s also remember that if they’ve taken, and therefore missed enough, to make it into this top 10, then you can put good money on the fact that they’ve scored their fair share too.

So, without further ado, let’s check out who takes the unwanted crown…

10. Neymar – 12 penalties
=7. Ronaldinho – 13 penalties
=7. Edinson Cavani – 13 penalties
=7. Sergio Aguero – 13 penalties
=5. Ciro Immobile – 14 penalties
=5. Antonio Di Natale – 14 penalties
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 16 penalties
3. Francesco Totti – 17 penalties
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 29 penalties
1. Lionel Messi – 30 penalties

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Is there a record in football that Messi or Ronaldo don’t hold? Although, we guess the difference here is that the Argentinian icon certainly wouldn’t want this accolade attached to his name.

It’s not even really close either, with the duo having missed more than double anyone else outside the top four.

Of course, they’ve no doubt taken a lot more given their stature, but still…

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Plenty more other notable names fill the list, with Totti and Ibrahimovic both making the top five.

Whilst there’s plenty of South American legends in the bottom half of the ranking.

Aguero, Cavani, Ronaldinho and Neymar were/are world class footballers in their own right.

However, that’s not saved them from summitting the double figure mark in penalty misses.

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