Prem’s worst penalty taker Juan Pablo Angel looks totally different now

The player with the worst penalty record in Premier League history looks totally different now, 15 years on from their last match in the league.

Former Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel spent six years in England after signing for a then club record £13million fee from River Plate in 2001.

The Colombian forward was instantly recognisable in his playing days with his shoulder length dark hair, which he regularly paired with an Alice band to keep it out of his face.

However, the now 46-year-old Angel looks completely different having swapped his long locks for a short and clean cut and grey beard.

Although Angel is the highest-scoring Colombian in Premier League history, it is another record that he is perhaps more commonly associated with.

Having scored just five of his 10 Premier League penalties, Angel holds the unwanted distinction of having the worst penalty record in Premier League history, according to talkSPORT in 2019.

His conversion rate of 50% is the lowest of any player to have taken at least 10 spot-kicks during the 29 years of the Premier League.

Angel could have avoided the record had he not missed both of the two penalties he took against Fulham back in 2005.

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Had he scored just one of those he would have been joint-second on a 60% conversion rate, tied with the likes of Steed Malbranque and Dwight Yorke.

Despite this unwanted record, Angel enjoyed a decent six-year spell at Villa Park, scoring 62 goals in 205 appearances across all competitions.

He also finished as the club's top scorer on three separate occasions, including his debut campaign with Villa, before departing for Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls in 2007.

After spells with LA Galaxy, Chivas USA and Atletico Nacional, Angel retired in 2014 and has worked as an advisor for MLS side LAFC since December 2017.

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