Lazy, sloppy, Messi penalty
It is typical of Lionel Messi that even when he makes a balls up of something, he cannot help but do it in spectacular fashion. Take his penalty against Real Betis last night, for instance, which made Chris Waddle’s Italia 90 spot-kick look relatively accurate.
The Argentine skied the ball over the bar from his 12 yards. Surely the FIFA Ballon D’Or can’t be cursed already in its inaugural year.
And even Barcelona’s blips have no effect on them. If you are going to have an off-night – as Barca did losing 3-1 to the second-tier team – you would probably choose for it to be in the second leg of a cup tie having won the first leg 5-0.