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EPL stats: Who are the best penalty takers in Premier League history?

It takes more than just skills to succeed in a physically demanding league like the English top division. The fast-paced and physical nature of Premier League is not for everyone. Add to it, the immense pressure of performing with thousands of supporters screaming at them along with global audience following their every move closely. Not to leave out the intense scrutiny from pundits and so-called experts around the world. A player must have mental toughness beyond his skillset and potential to succeed in such a scrutinised environment.

Amidst all that pressure, there is nothing more difficult than stepping up take a penalty for their side. Penalties are often considered as easy way to score a goal. It is slightly more easier to find the back of the net when a player only has the goalkeeper to beat and an entire net to aim for. Having said that, taking a penalty in training ground and taking the penalty on a match day is two different things. With several thousand screaming at them, while numerous cameras are glued at the penalty takers, the pressure can become unbearable for some players.

It requires nerves of steel to dispatch a spot-kick under such immense pressure. It is not something that can be taught to someone on a training ground, but these are characteristics that separate those players from the rest. While the Premier League has produced some of the best players in world football, not everyone has what it takes to convert from the spot kick when they are called to do so. Below are some of those players who have mastered this difficult art.

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A look at the most successful penalty takers in the Premier League era

The player who tops this list is not one many would have anticipated – Yaya Toure. The former Manchester City midfielder played a key role for the blue half of Manchester during his stay with the club. He was one of the top midfielders of his generation in that position, as he continued to make life difficult for opponents. Toure, who has also played for Barcelona prior to joining City, is often known for his work-rate in the middle of the park. He was frequently praised for his ability to surge forward with the ball or put in a tireless defensive shift.

However, one lesser-known fact about the Ivorian is that he is an excellent penalty taker. Toure might not have scored the most penalties in the Premier League but he has the best conversion rate. For players to have taken more than ten penalties, Toure has a hundred percent conversion rate, according to Opta Analyst. Find out who else have made this prestigious list.

NameConvertedTakenConversion Ratio
Yaya Toure1111100%
Matthew Le Tissier252696%
Danny Murphy181995%
James Beattie161794%
Julian Dicks151694%
Callum Wilson121392%
Thierry Henry232592%
Leighton Baines202291%
Frank Leboeuf101191%
Danny Ings101191%
Gary Speed101191%