Only players who have competed at least 20 times in their career are listed. In addition, attempts on penalties were not taken into account.
The following players are the best penalty takers of this Europe currently:
10. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) –
The Six-time Ballon D’or winner Lionel Messi has one of the lowest conversion rates compared to the other players on the list. The Argentine is Barcelona’s penalty-taker and has played a total of 90 penalties in both La Liga and the Champions League. He has converted 68 to the goal which earned him a 75.56% success rate.
The superstar’s last memorable missed penalty was almost two years ago. Hannes Thor Halldorsson Messi’s attempt at the 2018 World Cup helped his Icelanders to a surprising 1-1 against big favorite Argentina.
9. Dani Parejo (Valencia) –
After starting out at Real Madrid, he first made a name in La Liga with Getafe. Transferring to Valencia in 2011, he went on to appear in 370 official matches for the club and won the 2019 Copa del Rey. The Spaniard who is currently the captain of Valencia FC is the undisputed man for the important task of taking penalties. Despite losing 8 out of his total penalties, he has converted 31 others to goal earning a 79% success rate.
8. Neymar Jr (PSG) –
Neymar Jr often took a penalty for his team at the beginning of his career. Despite his on and off from the pitch, the Brazilian is undoubtedly one of the best penalties takers ever, from his last 20 attempts, he turned 18. It takes a gentleman’s agreement on the ground to hit the penalties. Meanwhile, Neymar has missed 13 penalties and has scored a total 51 Penalty goals earning him an 80% success rate.
7. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) –
The Leicester City striker is also one of the best penalty takers in Europe, he is in the 7th spot due to his success rate and conversion rates. The Englishman is so secured when it comes to taking a penalty, however, he has played a total of 23 penalties scoring 19 and losing four. Interestingly, three of his four missed penalties led to a narrow defeat for his side and he earned himself a success rate of 83% in penalties.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) –
The Five-time ballon d’Or winner is also a prolific goalscorer and penalty taker. Cristiano Ronaldo has by far converted the most penalties of all players. Throughout his career, for both club and country, the Portuguese star has scored an incredible 121 of the 144 penalty kicks, he has been tasked with taking, boasting an impressive success rate of 84% from the spot, While In Real Madrid Jersey, he threw his current club Juventus out of the quarter-finals of the 2017 champions league in the seventh minute of stoppage time.
5. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) –
The Old swordman and Real Madrid captain is also one of the best European penalty takers because he likes to take important penalties and have transformed them into a healthy regularity. In total, Ramos has scored 12 goals from 12 penalty spot attempts after CR7’s departure for Juventus. The Spaniard most recent penalty goal was against Real Sociedad on Sunday where he sent Alex Remiro the wrong way to secure their chase for the La Liga title. Ramos has a success rate of 88% after scoring 24 penalties and losing 3 in his ongoing career.
4. Mario Balotelli (Brescia) –
Mario Balotelli is Agile, quick, creative, and powerful and is also credited with pace, flair, physical strength, technical ability and an eye for goal. The Italian is a scandal pasta and has a quota of 100% only related to his stay at Premier League side Manchester City where he converted all eight attempts to the goal. Overall, the marksmanship on penalties reads excellent with 37 scored and 5 lost in his career earning him a success rate of 88%.
Balotelli is also a set-piece specialist and is regarded as one of the best penalty kick takers in world football.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan) –
Ibrahimović is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation. He is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world, having won 31 trophies in his career. Although he is the third in the league with a rate of 88% converted penalties, he alone has converted more penalties than Balotelli and Ramos combined. The Swedish star has been described as being “good in the air, quick, tall, strong and agile, he plays well with his back to goal and boasts some of the best finishing, vision, passing and ball control around.
2. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) –
Robert Lewandowski is an accurate and efficient finisher renowned for his positioning, technique, and is regarded by Pundits as one of the best strikers in the modern game. The captain of Poland’s national team is the second-best penalty taker in the world with a success rate of 91 percent. He has converted a total of 49 penalties to goal and losing just 5 in his ongoing career, he is the first and only professional from the Bundesliga in this ranking.
1. Jorginho (Chelsea) –
The Best Penalty taker in Europe as well as the world goes to Jorginho who has an awesome success rate for the penalty. The Blues Midfielder has only lost just one penalty in his ongoing career and that was when he was in the SSC Napoli shirt against Udinese Calcio in 2017. The Italian has scored 20 penalties out of 21 played earning himself an unbeatable quota of 95%.