Barcelona forward Neymar said Lionel Messi’s penalty pass to Luis Suarez in Sunday’s 6-1 win over Celta Vigo was meant for him instead. With Barcelona leading 3-1 in the 82nd minute, Messi stepped up to the penalty spot, but instead of shooting, he laid the ball off for Suarez to rush onto it and complete his hat trick.
But Neymar claimed he was the intended target when the players initially tried out the audacious attempt. “It was for me, we had practiced it in training!” he said with a smile. “Leo and myself had practiced but Luis was closer and he scored it. “Our friendship is the most important thing, It doesn’t matter who scores the goals just that we win the games.”
The Argentina star will now have to wait for his 300th league goal but drew plenty of plaudits for his inspired display, which saw him open the scoring with a wonderful free kick.
Neymar completed the scoring as Barca regained a three-point lead at the top with a game in hand on title rivals Atletico Madrid and Read Madrid.
Barca is in discussions to extend the 24-year-old’s contract, which expires in 2018, and the forward added: ” My contract extension is running, but I have more years yet and many things could happen.
“We are really happy to be unbeaten during 30 matches. We are really happy to be unbeaten during 30 matches. We are playing in our way and want to keep this streak going.”
Passing penalty is the Rule of Football
Eduardo Berizzo had defended Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez after suggestions they were disrespectful against his Celta Vigo side. Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick while Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Neymar got on the score sheet in a 6-1 win at Camp Nau. However, the controversial moment came when Messi stunned the crowd by passing his penalty into the path of Suarez fo the Uruguayan to slot home from close range. The Barca stars were accused of being disrespectful and unsportsmanlike, but Berizzo said the penalty was within the rules of the game.
About Lionel Messi’s Penalty
Messi is a classy dude. Going for his 300th goal in La Liga, the most ever, he chose to get the assist instead. Don’t see that much anymore in professional sports.
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