Any player would probably feel some pressure whenever they are placed on the field to score a penalty goal. The thing about penalties is that fans can be quick to react negatively if a player misses the opportunity. However, it’s also undeniable that fans don’t feel as much for penalty goals compared to regular goals.
This shouldn’t be the case anymore. Penalty goals can be a game-changer to some matches and could have so much effect on a team’s standing in certain circumstances. This is why one of the good football betting tips is that you get to know which players do well on penalties as this could make or break a team’s performance.
Last year, we’ve seen a few players that scored penalties that are worth knowing about, and here they are!
Jorginho with 10 Penalties
Jorge Luis Frello Filho mainly known as Jorginho plays for Italy and Chelsea and he played a significant role in Chelsea’s win last year. He was the first player to ever score ten penalties in a single calendar year of the EPL. What’s even more impressive is that it is 10/10 penalties scored.
Jorginho signed a contract with Chelsea for five years in 2018 when he also debuted at the FA Community Shield. In the same year, he also played in the Premier League where he scored a penalty during a 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town.
Cristiano Ronaldo with 10 Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo who finally came back to Manchester United showed how happy he is to be with the team with how well he performed last year. Out of 64 games, he scored a total of 46 goals, 6 assists, and 10 penalties. It’s not new that Ronaldo has done great with the penalties because he is one of the most successful players when it comes to this. Out of his 803 goals throughout his career, 114 are penalty goals.
Ronaldo has been playing football professionally since 1992. His first professional football club that’s part of the EPL is Manchester United which he joined in 2003. He stayed with the Red Devils until 2009 and then played for Real Madrid until 2018. From 2018 to 2021, he then played for Juventus.
According to Ronaldo’s friend, Khabib Nurmagomedov, the reason why he had to leave Juventus is that he was already bored in Italy and wanted to move to England. Initially, Manchester City had plans of signing him but ended up not doing so because of how costly it would be. He ended up returning to Manchester United which made many fans happy.
Lorenzo Insigne with 11 Penalties
30-year-old Italian player Lorenzo Insigne who plays for Napoli’s penalty scores last year was also impressive. With his exceptional dribbling skills and ability to score goals from distance, he is regarded as one of the most technically skilled wingers of his generation.
He scored a total of 11 penalties last year but he also missed five of these. Still, many are impressed with how calm and composed he is when trying to score goals including the penalties. Last year, he was awarded the Serie MVP for March.
Robert Lewandowski with 11 Penalties
Robert Lewandowski played a total of 27 matches last year on the Bundesliga, Champions League, DFB-Pokoal, and DFL-Supercup. He was able to score 3 assists and 34 goals. 11 of these goals are from penalties. Lewandowski has been playing for Bayern Munich since 2014 and he also plays for Poland’s national team.
Some of his most recent individual awards are the European Golden Shoe for 2020-21, IFFHS World’s Best Man Player, IFFHS World’s Best Top Goal Scorer, IFFHS World’s Best international Goal Scorer, World Soccer Player of the Year, The Guardian’s Best Football in the World, Globe Soccer Fans’ Player of the Year, and the Bundesliga Goal of the Month.
Memphis Depay with 12 Penalties
Barcelona’s forward player Memphis Depay scored a total of 12 penalties last year. One of these penalties helped Barcelona get its first win in La Liga. Last year, he played a total of 33 matches in four leagues which are the La Liga, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Champions League, and WC Qualification Europe. He scored a total of 20 goals and 8 assists.
Memphis’ senior career started in 200 with PSV Eindhoven. In 2015, he joined Manchester United and stayed with the team until he moved to Lyon in 2017. Last year, Barcelona announced his free transfer for a two-year contract, which has to be a big achievement for him because it’s known that he has been aspiring to be part of the team as a child.