Taking penalties seems so easy on TV.
It seems so easy, yet, when the moment does actually come, the pressure and expectations of fans and followers around the world can often get to players.
Their spectacular misses and failures are beamed around the world in an instant, and they have gone from being the potential hero to the biggest zero of them all.
Note: there is no complete, wonderful website to find all these statistics on, so I've had to use a combination of two website here. Transfermarkt have a good up-to-date listing of all converted penalties, whilst Penalty HQ offer a conversion rate, though they do not include the last 12 months or so of penalties attempted.
We'll use both of those websites throughout this article.
Taking a good penalty is truly an underrated commodity, so let's take a look at the top 15 penalty takers in world football—including some former players who excelled from the penalty spot.