Former Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos has slammed Lionel Messi’s penalty-pass against Celta Vigo as disrespectful.
The reigning world footballer of the year chose to pass to teammate Luis Suarez inside the Celta penalty area when he could have scored, allowing the Uruguayan to complete his hat-trick.
The former Brazil defender says Real Madrid would have been criticized if they attempted the routine.
“If we did that Messi penalty at the Bernabeu, it’s a lack of respect,” he told Cadena SER’s ‘El Larguero.
The 42-year old then went to criticize what he feels is the individual culture of the Barcelona team, claiming that Real has a better collective.
“They only talk about three players at Barca. In Madrid they talk about a collective of players,” he said.
Messi had the chance to double his tally in the 6-1 demolition of Celta Vigo when he was fouled inside the box, but with Suarez already on two goals and chasing a hat-trick, the Argentina captain elected to pass the ball sideways to Suarez, who scored to complete his hat-trick.
The stunt has earned Messi both praise and criticism in equal measure, and Carlos is one of those who feel offended by the 28-year old’s cheeky penalty, which he says showed a lack of respect for his opponents.
Carlos joined Real Madrid from Inter Milan in 1996, and won three Champions League titles and four La Liga trophies, spending 11 years at the Bernabeu.
He is currently the manager of Indian Super League side, Delhi Dynamos.