Neymar pulls off brilliant rainbow flick against Celta Vigo

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Barcelona’s front three put on a masterclass against Celta Vigo on Sunday night and had the world talking because of *that* penalty.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez reenacted the famous Johan Cruyff penalty - although the pass, it turns out, was actually intended for Neymar.

The Brazilian may only have scored one goal in the 6-1 victory but he pulled off a magnificent piece of skill - arguably the best trick of the season so far - which you can watch by scrolling a little further down this page.


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Neymar held off one opponent before flicking the ball over the head of Josep Señé with a perfectly-executed ’lambetta’.

Barcelona were 5-1 up at the time - and Celta’s players must have been absolutely exhausted after being given the runaround for 87 minutes - but to pull off such an audacious skill in a match is still mightily impressive.

Video: Neymar's 'lambretta' v Celta Vigo

Neymar: World's most skilful player?

It could be argued that Neymar is the most skilful player in the world right now. The 24-year-old is playing with such confidence and, like the former Barcelona star Ronaldinho, delights the Camp Nou on a weekly basis with his remarkable talent.

Regardless of how much money Barça paid Santos for Neymar back in 2013 - reports at the time suggested the initial fee was €57.1 million - the attacking winger was worth every penny.

Ballon d'Or success is inevitable

Neymar finished third in the running for the 2015 Ballon d’Or in January - behind Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - but it would be a huge surprise if he doesn’t win the prestigious individual accolade over the next couple of seasons.

Neymar has scored 22 goals in 30 appearances for the Catalan giants this season and looks almost certain to break the 30-goal mark for the second successive campaign.

Last term, he netted an extraordinary 39 goals in 51 appearances as Barcelona secured an historic treble.

Many Barcelona fans believe that Neymar has surpassed Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s second-best player and it’s hard to disagree with that assessment.

However, Luis Suarez is also playing magnificently. The Uruguayan netted a hat-trick against Celta and currently leads Ronaldo in the race for the Pichichi by two goals.

Can Barcelona keep all of the 'MSN'?

Keeping Messi, Neymar and Suarez all at the Camp Nou won’t be easy for Barcelona - not because they’ll be lured elsewhere, but because it’ll be so expensive to renew all of their contracts.

Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague, believes that at least one of the trio could end up leaving the club for this reason.

"Barca have got a huge problem,” he tweeted earlier this month, “they do not have the money to renew the contracts of Neymar, Messi and Suarez."

If Barcelona had to sell Messi, Neymar or Suarez, which one should they offload? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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