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The best penalty takers in world football 2017

5) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

The Swedish has had a remarkable football career playing for top clubs across Europe from Ajax in Netherlands, to Juventus, AC Milan in Italy and PSG in France. He shocked many with his decision to try his hand in English football despite his age in the mid-30s. However, Zlatan does things differently, and he did just that in England as well. He was the star in the big games for the Red Devils last season. Among his brilliant assets include his spot kick conversion rate. Having taken more than 75 penalties in his career, Zlatan has the highest conversion rate in that group. He made a comeback to action after an ACL layoff for Manchester United just last week, once again, displaying that how despite being 36, he is far fitter than anyone his age.

4) Leighton Baines (Everton)

The left-back is the face of the Merseyside club, having represented the Toffees in more than 300 games since joining the club from Wigan Athletic back in ’07. His fine performances have never been un-noticed in England. In 2014, he was ever so close to joining Manchester United as a replacement for the legendary Patrice Evra. He is Everton’s top choice for taking the spot kicks, after all, he is amongst the best in the business. Only Shay Given, Petr Cech and David De Gea have been able to save Baines’ spot kick, which serves as a testament to his obvious penalty taking skills. Now 33, Baines is at the twilight of what has been a remarkable career full of consistently good performances from the full-back.

3) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Robert Lewandowski’s signing is easily the biggest coup by Bayern Munich in recent years. Signing a world-class striker for free in a world where there aren’t many great strikers is yet another masterclass stroke by the Bavarian giants. The Polish captain has scored more than 30 goals in each of his seasons at Bayern and is their true talisman up front. His ice-cool attitude in front of goal continues in penalties as well, having scored 34 times out of 37 in his career so far. Moreover, his ability to convert set-pieces too is another one of his numerous attributes. Still 29, Lewandowski is yet to get his hands on the Champions League title, though has time on his side to do so.

2) Fabinho (AS Monaco)

The Brazilian is one of the few players to stay put at Monaco despite the mass exodus this summer that saw the likes of Bakayoko, Mbappe, Mendy leave the Principality club for other clubs. The defender had a brilliant season in the midfield last time around as Jardim used him alongside Bakayoko for an exciting Monaco side. Fabinho is also Monaco’s chief penalty taker, with his record justifying that position. Having taken 18 penalties in his career so far, the Brazilian has only missed one, which came against Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 last season.

1) Jonas (Benfica)

Another Brazilian on our list, Jonas has enjoyed a prolific time in Portugal so far, regularly getting his name on the score-sheet, terrorising opposition defences. The 33-year old had a successful spell with Valencia in Spain before moving to Benfica, where has scored more than 75 goals in just 91 appearances for the club. Jonas has so far taken 28 penalties in his career and has missed just once. The miss came against his former club, Valencia, in the Europa league.

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