Who has scored the most penalties in Premier League history?

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Who has scored the most penalties in Premier League history?


When Jamie Vardy scored a penalty to rescue a point for Leicester City at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, it was his 12th successful attempt from 14 spot-kicks.

However, the Leicester striker has some way to go before he is anywhere near top of the penalty taking charts.

Jamie Vardy scores another penalty for Leicester

Jamie Vardy scores another penalty for Leicester

Here at talkSPORT.com, we have put together a list to find out just who has scored the most goals from 12-yards in England’s top flight since 1992.

10. Leighton Baines (Wigan and Everton)

The most successful penalty taker in Everton’s history, Baines is as reliable as they come when stepping up to the spot, netting 20 out his 22 attempts in the Premier League.

His first ever Premier League penalty was scored past Edwin van der Sar for Wigan Athletic, while the only one he has not netted while with the Toffees came back in 2006.

With a conversion rate of 91%, it is the third highest total on this list and most for a defender.

Leighton Baines is Everton’s main man from the spot

Leighton Baines is Everton’s main man from the spot

9. Teddy Sheringham (Tottenham, Manchester United, Portsmouth, and West Ham United)

On the opening day of the 1997/98 season, Man United were awarded a penalty against Spurs. With first choice taker Eric Cantona retired, Sheringham took on the responsibility against his former side.

He missed, hardly the start he would have envisioned to his United career and not the best way to stake your claim to be the designated man from 12 yards. The striker would only take one more for the club and this time he scored it.

Sheringham would go on to finish with a tally of scoring 21 from 31 penalties.

Teddy Sheringham scores a penalty for West Ham

Teddy Sheringham scores a penalty for West Ham

8. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

In seven years at City, Aguero has found the net 151 times in the Premier League, 22 of those strikes have been penalties.

The Argentinian usually delivers from the spot and a record of 22 efforts from 26 is testament to that, showing he is not just lethal from open play.

There must be something about facing Everton however, as Aguero has missed twice against them – more than any other side he has faced.

Sergio Aguero is deadly from the spot

Sergio Aguero is deadly from the spot

7. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United and Everton)

Rooney had what could be best described as a love-hate relationship with the penalty spot. For a man who is both the all-time top scorer for Man United and England, his record from 12 yards is surprisingly poor.

The joint worst record in the league along with Alan Shearer but from far fewer attempts, Rooney has missed 11 of his 34 penalties.

Despite this, there have been notable spot-kicks throughout his career, including two in the 3-3 thriller against Chelsea and one from his hat-trick in the 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal.

Wayne Rooney had a patchy record with penalties

Wayne Rooney had a patchy record with penalties

6. David Unsworth (Everton, Portsmouth, and Wigan)

The second defender on this list and another to have played for Everton, Unsworth was a formidable penalty taker and could usually be counted on to dispatch a powerful no-nonsense effort.

In an incredible twist of fate, Unsworth would score the most crucial of his 22 penalties, when he sent down former club Sheffield United and saved Wigan from relegation on the final day in 2007.

David Unsworth scores to save Wigan in 2007

David Unsworth scores to save Wigan in 2007

5. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

If we forget the penalty shambles between Henry and Robert Pires in 2005, the Arsenal striker is rightly considered one of the best under pressure.

Whether it be expertly placed in the corner, chipped down the middle or simply hit with power, Henry’s 23 penalties each came with a touch of class and a overall rate of 92%.

Thierry Henry about to score another classy penalty

Thierry Henry about to score another classy penalty

4. Matt Le Tissier (Southampton)

Throughout his career, Le Tissier boasted an incredibly fearsome record when it came to taking penalties, 47 out of 48 to be precise. So good was he from 12 yards, that when he missed his only ever attempt against Nottingham forest in 1993, goalkeeper Mark Crossely describe the feat as his ‘greatest ever save’. ‘Le God’ as he was christened by Southampton supporters, has the best conversion rate in Premier League history netting 24 out of 25 efforts (96.2%).

Matt Le Tissier was an expert penalty taker

Matt Le Tissier was an expert penalty taker

3. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

The former Liverpool captain is as high up on this list, simply due to the number of penalties he took. Of the 41 spot-kicks he stepped up to, Gerrard buried 32 of them.

Gerrard will have fond memories from the penalty spot, as this was how he scored his 100th Premier League goal for Liverpool in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle.

Steven Gerrard netted his 100th Liverpool goal from the spot

Steven Gerrard netted his 100th Liverpool goal from the spot

2. Frank Lampard (West Ham and Chelsea)

Super Frank was a goalscoring machine. Chelsea’s record scorer and the Premier League’s highest scoring midfielder, when Lampard stepped forward to take a penalty, Chelsea fans had already begun their celebrations.

Penalties against the likes of Man United, Arsenal and Spurs require a level head and the No. 8 had exactly that, dispatching 43 of his 50 attempts.

A Frank Lampard penalty usually had one outcome

A Frank Lampard penalty usually had one outcome

1. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United)

Most of the Premier League goalscoring records belong to Shearer and this is another. The greatest scorer in Premier League history is also the highest scoring penalty taker in the competition with 55.

There was nothing fancy or creative about a Shearer spot-kick, a small run up, followed by a powerful strike usually got the job done and it was fitting his last ever goal in football was a penalty in a 4-1 win at rivals Sunderland.

Alan Shearer was the ultimate penalty taker

Alan Shearer was the ultimate penalty taker





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