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(Video) Watch Lionel Messi pass up the chance of hat-trick goal during Barcelona thrashing of Cordoba

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi was in the giving mood in their emphatic 8-0 victory against Cordoba on Saturday in La Liga as he passed up an opportunity of a hat-trick by allowing team-mate Neymar to take a penalty.

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The Argentine followed up his brace in the 6-0 win against Getafe in midweek with another two-goal haul against the rock-bottom side and when the Brazilian striker won a penalty, many expected Messi to take the spot-kick and complete his treble, however, he generously handed the ball to his strike partner.

Watch the video below of the unselfish act from the Barca superstar:

Neymar made no mistake from 12 yards as he scored the seventh of the game for the Catalan giants and added to goals from Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Pique and a Luis Suarez hat-trick as the La Liga leaders romped to an easy win.

The Brazilian international has since thanked his team-mate on Instagram for allowing him the chance to get on the scoresheet:

Ele é o CARA ….. Sem mais ! @leomessi

A photo posted by Nj (@neymarjr) on

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