Roberto Carlos says Leo Messi penalty would not work at Real Madrid

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Roberto Carlos believes Real Madrid would have been heavily criticised if they had attempted to take the kind of penalty kick that Barcelona are currently being lauded all over the world for.

Leo Messi made the decision to pass the ball forward so Luis Suarez could run onto it and tap home from even closer than 12 yards. It is a technique that has been used several times in the past, most notably by Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff.

Opinion is split on whether the penalty, which was taken during a 6-1 rout of Celta Vigo, was disrespectful to the opposing side. Fans have been quick to point out that the La Liga game was a competitive match and should have been treated thusly.

However, some have seen it as a shining tribute to Cruyff, who is currently battling lung cancer. The Dutchman famously executed the penalty while playing for Ajax in 1982. He passed the ball to team-mate Jesper Olsen who then passed it back to Cruyff for an easy tap in.

It has certainly caused quite a few debates in pubs and bars across Europe, but Carlos, himself a legend for both Brazil and Real Madrid, believes the players would have been lampooned had they been playing in the shirts of Los Blancos. He believes the world's media look at Barcelona through rose-tinted glasses and would not allow for such actions at their La Liga rivals.

"If we did that Messi penalty at the Bernabeu, it's a lack of respect," he told Cadena SER's 'El Larguero'.

Three-man team

Carlos did not stop there with his criticism of Barcelona, suggesting that their team is only as good as their attacking trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar. Indeed, the so-called 'MSN' have already bagged 76 goals between them in La Liga, the Champions League and Copa del Rey this season.

Considering Barcelona as a team have scored 109 goals in total, you can probably justify an argument that they are indeed a three-man team.

And Carlos thinks that takes away from the all-conquering Catalans, especially as Real Madrid, who currently sit four points behind Barcelona in the league table, are a better-rounded outfit.

"They only talk about three players at Barca. In Madrid they talk about a collective of players," he said.

Forget Neymar move

And finally, Carlos suggested that Real Madrid fans should probably forget about the prospect of bringing Neymar to the Spanish capital. The Brazilian superstar has been linked with a sensational £140m switch in recent weeks, but Carlos doesn't see his compatriot making what would probably be the most controversial transfer of all time.

"We can be calm about Neymar, he is happy where he is and we have very good players," said the Delhi Dynamos boss.

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