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FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi successfully pulled off a move rarely seen at any level of soccer, passing on a penalty to set up a hat trick goal for teammate Luis Suarez.

By SI Wire
February 14, 2016

FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi successfully pulled off a move rarely seen at any level of soccer, passing on a penalty to set up a hat trick goal for teammate Luis Suarez.

With his team leading Celta Vigo 3–1 in the 81st minute and the win well in hand, Messi lined up for an opportunity to score his second goal of the game. Instead of taking a shot on goal, however, he tapped the ball to his right, leaving for a sprinting Suarez to finish off.

All three of Suarez’s goals came in the second half. He last notched a four-goal performance in a 7–0 win over Valencia on Feb. 3.

Messi’s move is actually a throwback to Ajax’s Johan Cruyff, who scored on a penalty kick after first passing it in 1982.

Barcelona finished off the game with a 6–1 win. 

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