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Messi and Suárez got the world talking with their imaginative penalty against Celta / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB

FC Barcelona’s 6-1 defeat of Celta at the Camp Nou on Sunday night was a joy to behold, but the image that has wowed the world was that of the unusual penalty scored in combination by Leo Messi and Luis Suárez.

The club’s social networks have already started a campaign to decide on a name for the trick of scoring a penalty this way, and you can send your own ideas to Twitter (fcbarcelona_com) or facebook.com/fcbarcelona, as well as to the official Instagram account (fcbarcelona).But whatever we call a goal like this, it’s something that’s got the whole world’s press talking. Here’s a quick look at what sportswriters have been saying about the latest piece of drama from the Camp Nou.

Spanish press

Barcelona daily Sport titled its piece “Total Show, saying that “Barça delighted with some magic from Messi, who invented a goal like the famous one scored by Cruyff.”

Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo alluded to Valentine’s Day in its headline “They create love,” describing how “Barça marvelled in a second half that saw the trident score goals with some footballing art to treasure.” The Catalan language L’Esportiu led with the words “The incredibles.”

“Messi resuscitates Cruyff’s penalty” hailed Madrid sports daily As, while Marca went for a play-on-words in its headline: “Una pasada”. The Spanish term is slang for something brilliant, but also means ‘pass’, and couldn’t have been more appropriate for the occasion.

International press

Sports Illustrated: Messi helps Luis Suarez score hat trick on PK

“Messi lined up for an opportunity to score his second goal of the game. Instead of taking a shot on goal, however, he tapped the ball to his right, leaving for a sprinting Suarez to finish off”.


L’Équipe: Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez pair up to score penalty against Celta

“The Argentinian passes to the Uruguayan and the Barça strikers get a goal that Pires and Henry failed with eleven years ago. Messi added another work of art with his free-kick earlier on.”


La Gazzetta dello Sport: Spectacle from Messi and Suárez, even with a penalty

“Barça have fun, suffer and shine in the end, eventually routing the opposition with the usual amazing magic from Messi.”


BBC Sport: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez combine to score audacious penalty

“With Barça leading 3-1, Messi nudged the spot-kick forward and to his right for Suarez to run into the area and side-foot in to complete his hat-trick.”


CNN Sport: And for my next trick: Lionel Messi passes up 300th La Liga goal

“With a record 300 La Liga goals a mere formality from the penalty spot, Lionel Messi did something outrageous even by his standards. He faked to shoot then cheekily sidefooted the ball for Luis Suarez to compete his hat-trick in the 6-1 rout of Celta Vigo in the Nou Camp.”


The Guardian: Luis Suárez scores hat-trick in style as Barcelona thrash Celta Vigo

“The Argentina superstar rolled his 81st-minute spot-kick into Suárez’s path to allow him to complete his treble as the hosts at Camp Nou recovered from a low-key start to win in style and maintain top place. Had Messi scored the penalty himself, it would have been his 300th La Liga goal.”


Olé: Leo’s strengest penalty

“It was 3-1. Messi pulled off a quality penalty, as was the evening for Barcelona against el Celta … An ego for scoring goals? No. In this case, Leo surprised and for the first time passed a penalty that led to a goal. Unique. The strangest penalty ever from the best player in the world. He left footed the ball to Suárez on the right and the two of them celebrated while everyone else looked on in disbelief.”


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