When Lionel Messi rolled his penalty a few yards forward for Luis Suarez to run onto and score, many people may have questioned whether that has ever been done before.
At least, the younger generation wouldn’t have been alive when this unique way of taking a penalty was made famous by Johan Cruyff in 1982 (video below).
Cruyff was playing for Ajax when he was presented the chance to score from the spot against Helmond Sport.
Instead of the normal attempt to score past the goalkeeper, he casually passed the ball to teammate Jesper Olsen who returned the pass to Cruyff for him to tap into the goal.
But Barcelona did Cruyff proud with their successful attempt against Celta Vigo on Sunday, despite Neymar claiming Messi’s touch was intended for him rather than Suarez.
Almost everyone has had their say about the penalty, everyone apart from Cruyff himself.
That is until now, as Cruyff’s friend - Tatxo Bente - tweeted the Dutchman’s reaction to the penalty.
Benet’s tweet said: “Johan Cruyff watched the penalty live on television and was excited by it.”
Many people in football branded Barcelona's actions as disrespectful while others praised the audacity of it.
It’s believed that the first time this type of penalty was seen wasn't by Cruyff in 1982, but actually in Belgium in 1957. It was an international friendly between Belgium and Iceland and it was Rik Coppens and Andre Piters who pulled off the outrageous penalty.
Seven years later, the penalty was seen in England. Mike Trebilcock and John Newman of Plymouth performed the cheeky spot-kick against Manchester City. Watch the hilaroius lack of reaction from the defenders in the video below:
Arsenal once famously attempted the ‘Cruyff’ penalty but failed miserably with Robert Pires failing to touch the ball properly for Thierry Henry to run onto.
But there’s no denying that it was Cruyff who made this type of penalty famous.
Cruyff is a Barcelona legend having played for the club for five seasons, scoring 48 goals in 143 league matches. Whilst his time as a player at the Nou Camp wasn't too successful - winning just one La Liga - he returned as manager from 1988-1996.
During his eight-year tenure as boss, he won four league titles and the European Cup in 1992.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner was diagnosed with lung cancer in October but is believed to be in a good condition saying, per MailOnline’s Pete Jenson: "After several medical treatments I can say that the results have been very positive, thanks to the excellent work of the doctors, the affection of people and my positive mentality."
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