Neymar insists Leo Messi's 'pass penalty' was meant for him

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With the score sitting at a comfortable 3-1 and just ten minutes remaining on the clock, Leo Messi stepped up at the Nou Camp to try and score what would have been his 300th La Liga goal for Barcelona.

Celta Vigo had done well in the first-half, coming in with a respectable 1-1 scoreline after John Guidetti had canceled out Messi's opener, but the second half was a completely different story. They had been simply brushed aside by former Liverpool star Luis Suarez, who grabbed two goals before Messi had the chance to join him with a brace of his own from the spot.

However, Messi being Messi, he didn't simply hammer it into the back of the net but tapped the ball forward for Suarez to knock home his hat-trick. It was a grand gesture that few players in world football – especially Cristiano Ronaldo – would be willing to give.

Ivan Rakitic would add a fifth before Neymar wrapped up the emphatic victory in injury time. A scintillating performance from the current La Liga leaders, who extended their unbeaten run to 30 games. 

We have, of course, seen plenty of examples of this penalty in the past and not all quite as successful as this one. Who can forget Thierry Henry and Robert Pires' botched effort for Arsenal against Manchester City in 2005?

But all is not what it seems

Barcelona's MSN appear to be completely in tandem with each other at the moment and there does not seem to be a game when at least two out of the three do not find the back of the net. However, according to Neymar, Sunday's penalty trick show wasn't as perfectly executed as you might think.

The Brazilian claimed after the match that Messi's pass forward had actually been meant for him. The only reason Suarez hit it was because he got to the ball first. 

He said: "It was for me, we had practiced it in training! 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."

Fan footage

Now, we've found fan footage that appears to prove Neymar's claim. Take a look below and see how determined the 24-year-old is to get on the end of the sneaky pass. In fact, Neymar is running so fast, it is a miracle that he did not crash into Suarez and ruin the whole thing.

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