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 nightBarcelona'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
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.

Luis Suarez scores
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
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.'