Taking a penalty kick is arguably the most nerve-racking duty a footballer can perform. Whether it's taken to tie the game, score the winner or simply put the game beyond reach for the opposition, taking a penalty is no laughing matter for the footballer.
For us fans, though, there are few moments more exciting than watching a player step up to the spot. It's the classic "one vs. one," and whether you're an absorbed fan or passive neutral, when the referee points to the spot, everyone tunes in.
Simply put, it's one of the reasons football—world over, regardless of league or nation—is so passionately revered, followed and loved.
This video slideshow highlights some of the very worst penalty kicks in the history of the sport. Some missed by designated kick-takers, many of them distinguished, who regularly score them for club and country. And others by players "just filling in."
Many of them, simply hilarious or mind-boggling.
P.S: I acknowledge, given the subjectivity of this sort of topic, that everyone may not agree with the video's that I've chosen. Feel free to disagree and post links in the comments section to other penalties that you feel should have made the list.