The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s legendary goalscoring exploits have propelled him to the outright top scorer status both in club football and on the international stage.
PopFoot compiled the data on how well players have performed from the spot-kick for their clubs and Ronaldo came out on top by some distance.
Ronaldo, who has scored more headers than any other player this century, has successfully converted an incredible 128 times from penalties in his remarkable club playing career.
The 37-year-old Portuguese forward’s tally from the spot-kick is expected to be much higher if his penalty tally from Portugal is taken into account.
📊 Les meilleurs buteurs sur pénalty en club au 21eme siècle pic.twitter.com/mY9MTHxvNA— PopFoot (@ThePopFoot) February 3, 2022
Despite not being United and Portugal’s designated penalty kick taker, Ronaldo’s teammate Bruno Fernandes managed to secure his place at No 20.
Messi finished behind on-pitch rival Ronaldo in the rankings, with the Paris Saint-Germain superstar scoring an impressive 84 times from penalties.
AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic secured third place with 78 penalties scored, while Roma legend Francesco Totti and Ciro Immobile came third and fourth respectively.
Posted below are the top 20 players who have scored the most penalties in their club careers this century, according to PopFoot.
20. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United): 39
19. Mark Noble (West Ham United): 40
18. Wayne Rooney (retired): 40
17. Steven Gerrard (retired): 42
16. Radamel Falcao (Rayo Vallecano): 44
15. Sergio Aguero (retired): 46
14. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain): 46
13. Ruud van Nistelrooy (retired): 50
12. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United): 50
11. Frank Lampard (retired): 51
10. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): 53
9. Ronaldinho (retired): 57
8. Oscar Cardozo (Libertad): 58
7. Dusan Tadic (Ajax): 58
6. David Villa (retired): 60
5. Ciro Immobile (Lazio): 61
4. Francesco Totti (retired): 73
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan): 78
2. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain): 84
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United): 128
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