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Lionel Messi produced another selfless gesture tonight when he allowed Philippe Coutinho to take a penalty that he won for Barcelona against Sevilla.
The Brazilian has been having a tough time of late and Messi helped him restore his confidence by letting him take the early spot-kick in the Copa Del Rey quarter final second leg.
Lionel Messi wins the penalty and Coutinho finds the back of the net! 1-0 Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/2UTJwryiAb
- LioMessiStuff Media (@LMStuffMedia) January 30, 2019
Leo Messi just handed Philippe Coutinho the penalty to put Barcelona 1-0 up in their Copa del Rey quarterfinal because he's had a tough start to the season and needs a goal. :goat:
- The House of Football (@Football_Casa) January 30, 2019
Messi really gave the penalty to Coutinho to boost his confindence ugh my captain pic.twitter.com/qNKW1GhlNE
- julio olmedo stan acc (@LeosCuccittini) January 30, 2019
Messi gives the penalty to Coutinho and he scores. One great gesture by the Barcelona captain, the Brazilian needs it.
- BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) January 30, 2019
Messi gives Coutinho the Pk to help rebuild his confidence. Love him. #BarçaSevilla
- Fèyíṣọlá (@akinpee_) January 30, 2019
Messi let Coutinho take the penalty to boost his confidence.
That's what great leaders do.
- ً (@FutboILucas) January 30, 2019
Having experienced a real dip in form, Coutinho needed a goal and Messi proved just why he is Barca's captain and talisman by giving him the perfect opportunity to get on the scoresheet.
Barca's record signing made no mistake from the spot, putting the Blaugrana 1-0 up on the night and then adding a second in the 6-1 win which sent the La Liga winners into the semi-finals of the cup.
It's the second time this season that Messi has let a teammate assume penalty-taking duties when he did not need to.
In September, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner struck twice in the 8-2 thumping of Huesca but elected to let Suarez join him on a brace for the game even though the Argentine could have scored his 31st La Liga hat-trick.
Lionel Messi was on for his 31st hat-trick in La Liga when they were awarded a penalty in the last minute vs Huesca.
He declined to take it, handing the ball to Luis Suarez.
Captain. Leader. Legend.
- bet365 (@bet365) September 2, 2018
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