While Messi wins plaudits for letting Griezmann take a penalty, let’s remind ourselves of the time Ronaldo did the same thing for Benzema – three years ago.
Cristiano Ronaldo proved he can be the world’s best player and teammate at the same time in a La Liga match in February 2018.
The Portuguese ace made a remarkably unselfish gesture against Alaves by giving up the chance of another hat-trick when Gareth Bale was brought down inside the box late in the match.
As Real Madrid’s #1 penalty-taker, nobody would’ve questioned or blamed Ronaldo for completing his hat-trick.
But he instead gave up the opportunity to allow his struggling teammate Karim Benzema a chance to score a badly needed goal.
It was the Frenchman’s fourth league goal of that season, but he would only score more goal afterward.
When Cristiano Ronaldo was on a hat-trick but gave away the penalty to Karim Benzema to score.
Lionel Messi did the same tonight and gave his penalty to Griezmann.
Messi following in Ronaldo's footsteps is so beautiful to see. 👏pic.twitter.com/2sEVq4T6yI
— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) April 22, 2021
This heartwarming gesture was repeated on Thursday by none other than Lionel Messi. The Barcelona man, like Ronaldo, gave up a hat-trick by allowing Antoine Griezmann to score a 93rd-minute penalty in a 5-2 win over Getafe.
Griezmann thanking Messi for awarding him the penalty when he could've scored a hattrick 🙌😍pic.twitter.com/xU2TyatBqm
— TM (@TotalLeoMessi) April 22, 2021