That Messi 'trick' penalty


February 16, 2016
In this Sunday, February 14, 2016 photo, FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez (centre) scores during a Spanish La Liga match between against Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Lionel Messi helped set up a hat-trick for Luis Suarez -- including a daring assist from a penalty kick.


Lionel Messi attracted global attention with the trick penalty kick he pulled off with Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez in the latest round of the Spanish league.

Messi took the spot-kick on Sunday but, instead of a shot, he simply rolled the ball to the side for Suarez, who rushed in from outside of the box to easily score past the Celta Vigo goalkeeper.

The play divided opinion, seen as either part of the football spectacle or disrespectful to the opposition.

?I don?t think it was disrespectful,? Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta said. ?It?s unusual, but it can be done that way.?

The play happened with Barcelona leading 3-1 at the Camp Nou, going on to win 6-1.

?I was bothered because they scored, not because of the way they did it,? Celta defender Gustavo Cabral said after the heavy defeat.

Celta coach Eduardo Berizzo said it was a ?different? way of taking the penalty, ?nothing more.?

Home fans certainly liked what they saw, and the play quickly went viral on social media. It made headlines on sports pages across the world yesterday and Barcelona said that it started a campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to give a name to the Messi penalty.

The play became famous after Johan Cruyff executed it while playing for Ajax in 1982. Many said Messi was paying a tribute to the former Barcelona idol.

Neymar said Barcelona previously practiced the play but it was originally intended for him to score.

?That play had been rehearsed and it was supposed to be for me,? Neymar said. ?The most important thing is that the play worked.?

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