It’s been over two weeks since Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez caused a buzz by scoring a pass-penalty against Celta Vigo, but the Barcelona duos antics are still influencing teams around the world.
First it was a pair of youngsters from Arsenal’s under-16’s team who successfully recreated the cheeky penalty.
However, the same cannot be said for Zimbabwean side Dynamos FC, who embarrassingly failed in their attempt to pull it off.
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Two players from Argentinian outfit Defensores have become the latest to attempt the pass-penalty and, thankfully, they avoided the humiliation of wasting a spot-kick by re-enacting Messi and Suarez’s penalty to perfection.
The duo even added their own fancy twist to it.
Instead of nudging the ball to his right, the player who lined up to take the penalty passes it to his left, catching the opposition off guard.
The clip, which you can check out by scrolling down the page, is made all the more brilliant by the cameraman’s laughter.
Watch Defensores' pass-penalty
The actual origins of the pass-penalty can be traced back to 1957, when Belgium duo Rik Coppens and Andre Piters combined to score against Iceland.
25 years later, Dutch legend Johan Cruyff surprised Ajax’s opponents Helmond Sport when he played a one-two with Jesper Olsen from the penalty spot before tucking the ball into the empty net.
Thierry Henry and Robert Pires attempted the act in 2005 against Manchester City and everyone knows how badly that turned out.
Danny Mills, who was involved in that game, branded the Arsenal pair “disrespectful” after their unconventional efforts in his column for the Times (via the Daily Mail).
The former full-back wrote: “The exact words I said do not really bear repeating, but it is fair to say that I offered Pires several choice thoughts on what he and his team-mate had tried. I made it reasonably clear, for about 15 seconds, that I felt they had been disrespectful.”
Yet, rather oddly, Mills praised Messi and Suarez after they produced the same skill.
He continued: “What Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez did for Barcelona on Sunday night, on the other hand, simply encapsulated not only what a gracious, unselfish player the Argentina forward is but what a wonderful, inventive team the Spanish champions are. It showed how confident and how in tune with each other they are.”
Pires hit back
Sorry, Danny, but that makes no sense whatsoever. And Pires agrees.
The Frenchman, who announced his retirement last week, wrote in the Times (via the Independent): “When Messi and Suarez try it, it’s magical but when Pires and Henry try it, it’s a lack of respect. That doesn’t make any sense. The rules of football allow you to take a penalty like that.
“Obviously, for Danny Mills at the time it was hard to understand that you could actually take a penalty like that. Maybe he didn’t even know it was allowed.”