Barcelona: Barcelona star Neymar claimed he was meant to be the recipient of Lionel Messi's sensational pass from a penalty that was converted by Luis Suarez as the European champions routed Celta Vigo 6-1 on Sunday night.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi taps the ball to his left while taking a penalty against Celta de Vigo in a Spanish League match at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona on Sunday night
Messi and Suarez combined to score one of the classiest penalties in football history as Messi squared his spot-kick for the onrushing Suarez to complete his hat-trick ahead of Neymar.
"It was designed for me, we had practised it, but Luis was closer," Neymar told Barca TV.
Barcelona Luis Suarez runs in to tap Messi's pass into goal
"It doesn't matter, he scored so it worked well."
Barca were already leading 3-1 when Messi, who has missed 17 of 83 penalties in his career, was chopped down inside the area after an outrageous piece of skill on the by-line. Messi, with a brilliant free-kick, Ivan Rakitic and Neymar got the other goals as Barca moved three points clear at the top of La Liga.
Suarez scores after Messi's incredible pass.
"The forwards are very generous. We love each other a lot and that friendship is the most important thing, no matter who scores the goals," added Neymar.
Suarez and Messi celebrate the perfect execution of one of the most dramatic penalty kicks ever. Pics/ AFP
Enjoyed it: Enrique
Barca boss Luis Enrique said: "I wouldn't dare to do it because I would tread on the ball. Some will like it, some won't, but as Barca players and members of the club, on top of winning titles we try to enjoy our football in a spectacular way. We have to enjoy our football." Spanish sports daily AS christened the move as the 'penalty of the century.'
(Belgium vs Iceland, 1957)
Belgian striker Coppens may have invented the two-touch penalty. In a WC qualifier that Belgium won 8-3, Coppens passed a spot-kick to teammate Andre Piters, who gave it back to Coppens to slot home. Coppens died in 2015 aged 84.
(Plymouth vs Man City, 1964)
Trebilcock told the Liverpool Echo in 2005. "Our captain, John Newman ran forward and touched the ball, while I was assigned to follow up and knock it into the net. We practised it before and did it against Man City. We won the game 3-2."
(Ajax vs Helmond, 1982)
Ajax were leading 1-0 when Cruyff won a penalty and passed the spot-kick to his left where Danish winger Jesper Olsen came racing in and returned the ball for Cruyff to tap in. The Helmond Sport goalkeeper shocked. Ajax won the game 5-0.
(Arsenal vs Man City, 2005)
The French duo made a laughing stock of themselves when their attempted two-touch penalty vs Man City at Highbury went badly wrong. Pires tried to roll the ball to his left for Henry to come and score, but two City defenders came in and cleared the ball.
(ED Sahel vs Marseille, 2015)
Youssef Mouihbi stepped up for the penalty but, as Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda dived, he passed the ball to his left to the arriving Baghdad Bounedjah to score. It was Etoile Du Sahel's consolation goal in
a 1-5 defeat.
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