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The 10 Leading Penalty Takers in EPL History

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has come in for criticism following his penalty miss against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, sparking discussion about the importance of spot-kick takers. Here are 10 of the best to have featured in the Premier League, and a Bafana Bafana legend narrowly misses out.

Click through the gallery above to see the 10 leading penalty takers, and how many they scored, in Premier League history!

Since the Premier League era started in 1992, and according to a list released by talkSPORT, no player has scored more frequently from the penalty spot than former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers striker Alan Shearer. The EPL's all-time leading goal scorer netted 56 of the 67 penalties he took during his playing career.

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Former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard, who is now in charge of the Blues, trails close behind after scoring 43 of the 50 spot-kicks he took during his time in the Premier League. Lampard's former England international teammate Steven Gerrard occupies third place after scoring 32 penalties during his time at Liverpool.

Current City striker Sergio Aguero is the highest penalty scorer among active EPL players, boasting 25 successful spot-kicks to his name, including one against West Ham United in the club's opening match of the 2019/20 campaign.

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Although he does not make the top 10, Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy deserves a mention after scoring 13 times from the spot for Blackburn Rovers – you can view the full top 10 by scrolling through the gallery above!

Should Pogba be allowed to keep taking penalties for United? Let us have your thoughts by commenting below. 

 

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