Few acts in football are capable of carving out instant heroes and villains like the humble penalty kick.
The task of slotting home a static ball from just 12 yards might seem simple enough, but it has famously undone some legends of the sport, from Zico at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™, through Chris Waddle and Roberto Baggio at Italy 1990 and USA 1994 respectively, to David Trezeguet at Germany 2006.
Only this week, the likes of Aiyegbeni Yakubu and Pascal Chimbonda experienced the agony, and Heurelho Gomes the ecstasy, while Volkan Demirel's shoot-out heroics the week before earned Fenerbahce a place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Love them or hate them, penalties have certainly produced some of the beautiful game's most dramatic moments in the 117 years since Wolverhampton Wanderers' John Heath scored the first-ever spot-kick in 1891.
Over the years, some genuine penalty specialists have also emerged, with the likes of Matt Le Tissier, Beppe Signori, Jari Litmanen and Zinedine Zidane excelling in scoring them, Lev Yashin, Paul Cooper, Sergio Goycochea and Jose Reina in saving them - and some, like Jose Luis Chilavert and Rogerio Ceni, adept at doing both.
The question we have for you is: Which players have been the
best takers and savers of penalties?
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