Video: Cristiano Ronaldo on THAT Lionel Messi two-player penalty: "I know why he did it"
Is Real Madrid star suggesting Messi did not want landmark 300th goal to be a penalty?
Published 17/02/2016 | 18:58
Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested there was a more cynical motive behind Lionel Messi's penalty-assist for Luis Suarez on Sunday.
The Barcelona forward is on 299 La Liga goals going into Wednesday night's league clash with Sporting after spurning the opportunity to reach the 300-goal landmark from the penalty spot on Sunday night.
Instead of converting the spot-kick, Messi feigned to shoot before laying-off an advancing Luis Suarez who calmly passed the ball past the Celta Vigo goal
The penalty has divided the footballing community, with some viewing it as 'disrespectful' to Celta Vigo.
In a fiery pre-match press conference ahead of his team's Champions League tie with Roma, Cristiano Ronaldo offered a cryptic reply when asked what he made of Lionel Messi's seemingly selfless play.
“I know why he did it and I am not going to say anything more than that. You can think whatever you like,” said Ronaldo, clearly ruffled by the topic.
Some commentators have inferred from the striker's loaded response that Ronaldo believes Lionel Messi did not want to reach the momentous milestone of 300 La Liga goals with a penalty, but the Real Madrid striker could not be drawn on what he meant by the comment.
Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty success rate is the better of the two superstars, with the former Manchester United striker boasting a 89% conversion rate compared to Lionel Messi's 77%.
Ronaldo's impeccable record from the penalty spot has led him to be given the disparaging nickname of 'Penaldo' by Lionel Messi fans, and the Portuguese seems to believe Messi sees goals scored from 12 yards out as beneath him.
After former Real Madrid left-back Roberto Carlos claimed Lionel Messi had disrespected his fellow professionals with the penalty, many Barcelona fans have leapt to the defence of their star player.
It has been suggested that Messi orchestrated the unorthodox penalty to pay tribute to Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff, who is currently battling cancer.
The Dutchman was famously the first player to pioneer the unique penalty in his Ajax teammate Jesper Olsen in 1982.
"It made me very happy what Messi did," Cruyff told Spanish newspaper, El Periodico.
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Unbelievable penalty from Barca, Messi sets up Suarez. pic.twitter.com/goqcdRpRKr— Futbol Pictures (@FutbolPictures) February 14, 2016