Lionel Messi pass penalty recreated by Arsenal youth player

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Lionel Messi's penalty against Celta Vigo took the world of football by storm last week when he passed the ball forward for teammate Luis Suarez to fire home.

Enigmatic striker Suarez scored with ease, helping Barcelona secure a comfortable 6-1 victory in La Liga.

The decision to pass the penalty split opinion, however, with some pundits, including former ex-Republic of Ireland international Eamon Dunphy, claiming that the Argentine lacked respect.


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Whether it was a moment of genius or a lack of class, it was certainly a moment to get football fans all around the world talking.

Well, it appears that the Argentine's penalty has actually inspired the younger generation...

In fact, Arsenal youth team player Trae Coyle mimicked the superstar by passing from the spot for the Gunners' Under 16 side. 

Pires failure 

And, where Robert Pires and Thierry Henry failed, Coyle and his fellow Arsenal youngster prevailed. 

Pires, of course, fluffed his lines against Manchester City back in 2005 as the ball managed to get stuck under his feet, but the Arsenal legend has since set the record straight on the incident. 

Following the Messi pass penalty, the Arsenal legend opted to respond to his critics - most notably Danny Mills - by insisting that he was well within his rights to attempt to pass the ball from the spot. 

Writing for The Times, Pires stated: “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.

“We were within our rights, our intention was never to disrespect anyone. People did it before us and people have done it after us. It’s like the Panenka or other ways of taking a penalty. It didn’t work for us, it was a shame but we still won the game. We didn’t insult or hurt anyone.

“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.”

Youth goal 

The debate regarding the pass penalty may well continue for some time, but it certainly didn't put off one Arsenal youngster in particular. 

Here's the latest pass penalty goal doing the rounds on social media:  

Where do you stand on the pass penalty? Is it disrespectful? Have your say below! 

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