English Premier League's Top 16 Money Penalty Takers and Why They're so Reliable

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English Premier League's Top 16 Money Penalty Takers and Why They're so Reliable
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The penalty is one of the most exciting, or horrific, moments in all of sports, depending on which side of the situation your club is standing when the referee blows his whistle and points to the spot.

It's also one of the single most guaranteed chances for an attacking side to get on the board, with an estimated overall conversion rate of 89.4 percent.

Often criticized for being far too weighted in the kicker's favor, mathematicians and game theorists will tell you that the best chance at success for both the keeper and the kicker is to completely randomize the direction of the kick/dive while giving no indication of which way you're going.

Players, on the other hand, might tell you that it's just "a gut thing."

While that 89.4 percent success rate in the kicker's advantage may seem like more than enough, some players have found a way to make their own figures even more impressive than that.

Here are 15 of the most dangerous penalty takers for any Premier League keeper to face, and a bit of insight into what makes them so successful.

A special thanks to Mohamed Al-Hendy, David Hendrick and Devil In a New Dress for lending their opinions and providing assistance.

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