Allianz Atletico attempt the Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez penalty

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Earlier this year, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez recreated the famous 1982 penalty of Dutch legends Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen while playing for Barcelona in a La Liga match against Celta Vigo.

While it looked a relatively straightforward move for the two superstars to execute, even they encountered a problem.

Messi’s pass was actually designed for Neymar, but it was Suarez who scored after the ball rolled to the Uruguayan’s feet.


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"It was planned and I was supposed to score it, but Luis was closer,” Neymar told reporters in the mixed zone after the match.

While the majority of football fans were amazed by Barcelona’s audacity, some accused the ‘MSN’ - and Messi, in particular - of showing a lack of sportsmanship.

Messi criticised for showing a 'lack of respect'

"It totally lacked class," outspoken pundit Eamon Dunphy told RTE, as per, shortly after the incident. "You have to respect your opponents and you have to respect the game and the history of the game.

"None of the great players of the past would’ve ever dreamt of doing anything like that. Everyone who loves football loves Messi and he let himself down big time.

"He let the game down, he should apologise and he should be reprimanded by his coach. You don’t mess with the game. It’s sacrosanct.

"The spirit of the game, you respect your fellow professionals and your opponents.

"No matter how good you are you’re not bigger than the game. He owes it to the opponents, to the fans and to the people who love him and who have made him rich and famous."

Video: Messi's penalty

Not everyone, however, shared Dunphy’s point of view and other teams have attempted the same penalty since.

Video: Allianz Atletico attempt the same penalty

Peruvian side Allianz Atletico have become the latest side to give it a go - but, again, it’s clearly harder than it looks to execute successfully.

The pass was perfect, but the man applying the finish was left red-faced after smashing the post from seven yards out.

Alianza could - and perhaps should - have won the match with that spot-kick, but ended up drawing 0-0 with their opponents, Sport Huancayo.

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