Perhaps Henderson should have just given him the ball against Besiktas.
With all the controversy over who should have taken the penalty against Besiktas last week, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Mario Balotelli actually dispatched the spot-kick with aplomb.
And perhaps there should never have been a debate over the issue with statistics revealed by Spanish newspaper AS showing that Balotelli is the best active penalty taker in Europe for those who have taken over 30 spot-kicks.
The Italian tops the lot. See the other big-name stars Balo comfortably beats in our top 5 rundown:
(Rickie Lambert would be in the list too- but it only counts goals scored in top-flight & European football!)
5) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 87% scored, 78/90
Ronaldo has impressively scored ten penalties so far this season and ten in in the last campaign – but he’s missed 12 times in total throughout a dazzling career.