Unerring technique and ice-cold temperament are just two traits needed for the perfect penalty-taker, with the high-pressure situation even causing some of the game’s greats to show their mortality.
The Premier League-era has seen it’s fair share of spot-kick specialists, but which players have netted the most from 12-yards?
Here are the six players to have scored the most penalties in Premier League history…
Mark Noble – 24 scored
West Ham captain Noble has been a dedicated servant to his boyhood club, having made over 400 league appearances for the Hammers since his debut as a teenager in 2004.
Whilst never a regular goalscorer, Noble has proven to be ‘Mr Reliable’ when it comes to penalties, netting 24 of his 42 Premier League goals from the spot.
At 32, Noble continues to be the spot-kick specialist for Manuel Pellegrini’s side and could climb further up this list in the coming seasons.
Sergio Aguero – 24 scored
The second player tied on our list with 24 penalties is Manchester City superstar Sergio Aguero. The Argentine forward has established himself as one of the Premier League’s all-time great goalscorers, having scored 164 league goals since his move to the Etihad in 2011.
Of those 164 strikes, 24 have come via the penalty spot, seeing him stand equal-fourth in the division’s history for spot-kick successes.
The 31-year-old will have chances to further his tally in the coming seasons for Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering City side, Aguero likely to increase his record as the highest-scoring non-European in Premier League history.
Matthew Le Tisser – 25 scored
One of the game’s great mavericks, capable of magical moments and possessing a highlights reel few in the Premier League can match.
Le Tissier scored exactly 100 Premier League goals during his career, whilst his penalty record is well documented, having scored 47 out of 48 attempts during his 16-year love affair with Southampton.
Of those 47 successful spot-kicks, 25 came in the Premier League, with the former England playmaker regarded as one of the most reliable penalty takers in history.
Steven Gerrard – 32 scored
The former Liverpool captain shouldered much responsibility during his Anfield career, including the task of taking penalties in his latter years.
Gerrard’s early Liverpool days saw the club’s spot-kick duties taken by the likes of Gary McAllister and Danny Murphy, though as he grew in stature he became a reliable performer from the spot.
A huge contribution to Gerrard’s tally is the 2013/14 season as Brendan Rodgers’ side narrowly missed out on the title. Gerrard scored 10 spot-kicks including a brace of penalties in a 3-0 win at Old Trafford, though remarkably the former England midfielder missed the chance to score a hat-trick of penalties after missing another pen in the same game.
Frank Lampard – 43 scored
A midfielder with the goalscoring record of an elite striker, Frank Lampard developed from promising talent to prolific scorer after moving to Chelsea from West Ham in 2001.
Lampard’s ability to arrive late into the box saw him become Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer, however, he was also nerveless from the penalty spot during a glittering career.
Despite playing in Chelsea sides containing the likes of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa, Lampard was the club’s undisputed number one spot-kick taker and scored 43 penalties across his Premier League career.
Alan Shearer – 56 scored
Having plundered a record 260 Premier League goals, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer certainly knew a thing or two about hitting the back of the net.
The Geordie goal getter’s record is unlikely to be matched any time soon, and neither is his league-high record of 56 penalties scored.
The likes of Eden Hazard have developed a technique of sending the goalkeeper the wrong way and casually rolling the ball home in recent seasons, but that simply wasn’t Shearer’s style.
The former England captain had a tendency to put his laces through his spot-kicks, in the hope the goalkeeper would join the ball in the back of the net should he dare get in front of it.
Shearer’s mark puts him 32 clear of Mark Noble and Sergio Aguero, the two remaining active players on this list, and it is a record that may stand for some time.