By 90Min
April 10, 2019

After being awarded a somewhat dubious penalty by Björn Kuipers, Sergio Aguero stepped up to the spot in the Champions League and missed - again.

It was, surprisingly, the fourth penalty the mercurial Argentine has missed in the Champions League; the second most in the competition's history. 

On Tuesday night a certain Argentinian climbed his way further up a ladder of unwanted recognition, as his missed spot kick against Tottenham meant he went one step closer to becoming the competition's most unsuccessful penalty taker. 

And with that mind, here are the the players with the most misses from the spot in Champions League history (excluding shootouts).


Juan Roman Riquelme, Arjen Robben & Others (1)

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Simply due to the magnitude of both these players' misses, they are the two that will unfortunately be named in the sub-heading for this section.

There are an absolute boatload of unfortunate stars who have missed penalties in the Champions League, either via skying it into Row Z or being undone by some goalkeeping wizardy. In the case of the Riquelme, his penalty was not only quite frankly rubbish, it came in 88th minute of their semi final second leg match against Arsenal, where a converted penalty would have forced extra time following a 1-0 first leg defeat. For a player who was often regarded among the best of Argentina at the time, it was a bitterly disappointing attempt.

Picture the scene. It's the final, you're in front of your own supporters at your club's ground, the first period of extra time, against your former club, a match you've dominated could be decided on this penalty. You shoot...you miss.

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Poor old Robben arguably missed one of the most crucial UCL penalties ever in 2012, as Bayern Munich eventually were beaten in a penalty shootout to Chelsea. He won it the next year, mind.


Neymar & Others (2)

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He's actually missed as many as he has scored in this competition, both coming when the Brazilian was plying his trade for Barcelona.

In both occurrences it meant little, though. La Blaugrana battered Roma 6-1 at home back in 2015, as Wojciech Szczesny comfortably saved his weak effort. A year on it was Willy Caballero who saved a Neymar penalty, although the other four goals he let in meant it wasn't the greatest consolation in the world.


Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard & Others (3)

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Considering this trio are among some of the biggest stars in the game at the moment, they're the ones getting a mention here.

Ronaldo's first miss came with Manchester United back in 2008, as his semi final first leg miss against Barcelona went unpunished - Paul Scholes sending them into the final with the only goal of the tie in the return leg. His other misses came against European footballing giants PFK Ludogorets and FC Copenhagen while playing for Real Madrid.

A certain Messi has had Joe Hart stop one of his spot kicks, just one of 25 he has missed throughout his career; his other two UCL misses came against Chelsea (as the Blues drew 2-2 at the Camp Nou to reach the final) and Panathinaikos.

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The Blues' Belgian maestro has come unstuck on three occasions as well, however, fortunately for him in slightly more subdued occasions. Failure to convert from 12 yards came against FC Nordsjaelland in a 6-1 drubbing, against NK Maribor in a 1-1 draw and Maccabi Tel Aviv in a 4-0 win.


Sergio Aguero & Ruud van Nistelrooy (4)

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In seeing his effort palmed away by Hugo Lloris on Tuesday, Aguero joined illustrious company alongside Ruud van Nistelrooy in missing four Champions League penalties.

An inability to convert his spot kick at the Camp Nou in 2015 was followed up by two more misses against PSG and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively - both times being let off the hook as his team won on both occasions. Not content to remain level with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, his right footed effort was pushed aside at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, keeping the 30-year-old well in the hunt of clinching a hugely undesired first spot on this list.


The fifth highest goalscorer in Champions League history scored a whopping 52 penalties throughout his career, but missed four in the Europe's elite competition. 

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Van Nistelrooy was unable to convert against Olympiakos (twice), FCSB and Lyon to add to a total of 12 penalty misses in all competitions, yet finished his career knowing one other unfortunate star fluffed his lines more times than he did.


Thierry Henry (5)

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Yes, really.

Again, more fondly remembered for one of the Premier League's most humorous moments from 12 yards, Henry does indeed hold the accolade for the most penalty misses in Champions League history (so far).

On only one occasion did he end up on the winning side during his five misses, back in 2000 as Arsene Wenger's men ran out 3-2 winners over Shakhtar Donetsk. Two years later the Frenchman missed twice in Arsenal's second group stage (that's how it was back then), failing to score against Juventus and Deportivo La Coruna as they finished third.

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The year after he continued his hot streak by missing in a crushing 3-0 home defeat against Inter in the groups, before rounding it all off with missed effort in a goalless draw against Ajax in 2005. Considering he told Jens Lehmann to dive the other way for the aforementioned Riquelme miss, it's fair to say penalties weren't his forte.

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