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Barcelona scored a very rare penalty against Celta Vigo.

After Lionel Messi's audacious penalty, a look at five other weird but wonderful football moments

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Every now and then, things happen on a football pitch that make your jaw drop.

As Lionel Messi stepped up to take a penalty for Barcelona on Sunday night, few would have predicted he would pass the ball for Luis Suarez to slot home.

It was one of those moments that either left you shocked, awestruck or downright confused - but what other footballing wonders have come before Messi’s audacious trick? Here’s a selection for you.

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JOHAN CRUYFF REVOLUTIONISES THE PENALTY KICK…

Sorry, Leo, but you’re not the first to come up with an unorthodox penalty kick.

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Neither, incidentally, were predecessors Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen, but their spot-kick for Ajax in 1982 brought a new sense of class to the penalty. So effortless, yet so effective.

…BUT ANTONIN PANENKA DID IT FIRST

Six years prior to that, Czechoslovakia’s Panenka invented his own kind of penalty - and you know it’s not a bad idea when it gets named after you, not least when you do it in the final of the European Championships.

As West Germany held the Czechs to a 2-2 draw, penalties were required to decide the champion. Up stepped Panenka to win the tournament and humiliate the opposition keeper with what has become a trademark spot-kick.

Unfortunately, however, it has led to becoming almost a fashion for football’s hipsters - but it doesn’t always work.

ZAIRE ATTEMPT TO REWRITE THE RULE BOOK

When is a free-kick not a free-kick? Well, when you don’t get a ‘free’ ‘kick’. Easy, right?

Someone should’ve told Zaire’s Mwepu Ilunga. In a match against world champions Brazil at the 1974 World Cup, Ilunga, with his team facing a free-kick, raced out of the wall and booted the ball away, earning him a yellow card.

Ilunga maintained that he did it on purpose as a mark of protest, yet his actions still bemuse and confuse football fans today.

ERIK LAMELA PLAYS WELL IN FOOTBALL MATCH

Well, not quite, but Spurs' record signing has certainly not lived up to the hype since arriving at White Hart Lane. One moment of brilliance remains his highlight in a Tottenham shirt, though.

Albeit against the minnows Asteras Tripolis of Greece, the sheer cheek to even try this, never mind in the Europa League, is something to admire.

His 20-yard ‘rabona’ in his side's 5-1 victory will live long in the memory, and with good reason. Incredible.

MANCHESTER UNITED PLAY RUSH GOALIE

When Edwin van der Sar broke his nose late on in a match against Tottenham with no substitutes remaining, United were forced to play an outfield player between the sticks.

Leading 4-0 at the time, Rio Ferdinand first picked up the jersey, but was quickly swapped with John O’Shea as the Irishman became the Red Devils’ third goalkeeper of the afternoon.

And he managed to keep a clean sheet too, stopping Robbie Keane in a one-on-one while he was at it. An embarrassing day for Tottenham, you might say.

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