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Sergio Ramos' success rate from the penalty spot is better than Cristiano's

Ramos, marcando de penalti en el Real Madrid-Valladolid.

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Ramos has successfully converted 8 of the 9 penalties he has taken. Since Cristiano's departure he has becomes the team's penalty taker, with a 100% success rate.

Real Madrid lost a lot of things when Cristiano left to join Juventus last summer - fors starters they found themselves without the man who had provided the lion's share of the team's goals, 450, over the previous nine season - an average of 50 per season. Among those 450 goals, 78 came from the penalty spot, an area in which the Portuguese ace was a specialist, with a conversion rate of 86.7% - 78 converted from 90 taken. Over his whole career, his average is slightly lower (83.3%, 105 out of 126), but it's still an impressive feat. Now Juve's spot-kick taker, duties from 12 yards for Real Madrid have been assumed by Sergio Ramos, whose success rate from the penalty spot is even better than Cristiano's.

Cheeky dink - Ramos scores against Valladolid

Panenka Ramos

Ramos was on target last weekend against Valladolid, scoring his fourth goal of the season - all of them from the penalty spot (Atlético, Girona and Leganés). His success rate from the spot this season is 100% and 88.9% during the whole of his time at the Bernabéu, although he hasn't taken anywhere near as many penalties as Cristiano. Ramos has successfully converted eight of the nine spot-kicks he has taken for Madrid (not including shoot-outs). The only penalty he missed was ironically against his old club, Sevilla, although he managed to redeem himself later by scoring when Madrid were awarded another penalty.

Spot-kicks with Spain

With the national team his figures are quite so good - he has scored three from five, 60%. In total, Ramos has scored 11 times from 14 penalties taken, averaging 78.6% - figures he could improve on this season as the team's regular taker even if he occasionally cedes duties to other members of the side - such as Benzema who put his penalty away against Girona in Week 2.

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