Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi sets up Luis Suarez for his hat-trick Getty Images

Barcelona recorded another lop-sided victory against La Liga also-rans Celta Vigo at the Nou Camp last night (14 February), winning the game 6-1. The hosts' fearsome attacking trio of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi ran riot as usual, leading to Barcelona moving three points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.

The match featured a Suarez hat-trick, but will be best remembered for the Catalan side's innovative penalty kick when the score was 3-1. Messi pushed the spot-kick forward and to his right for Suarez to run into the area and tap the ball home from close range.

Here, IBTimes UK looks at some other memorable efforts from 12 yards out:

Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen

Messi and Surez's neat play was reminiscent of another Barcelona legend, Johan Cruyff. The Dutchman, who both played for and coached the club, was playing for Ajax when he brought the idea of passing the ball from the penalty spot to a wider stage

Cruyff played a simple one-two with teammate Jesper Olsen and tapped the ball into an unguarded net against Helmond Sport in 1982.

Antonín Panenka

Perhaps the most iconic penalty in the history of the game, Panenka shocked the watching world when he chipped the ball past German goalkeeper Sepp Maier to win the 1976 European Championships for Czechoslovakia.

Panenka raced towards the ball as if he was going to unleash a powerful shot, only to delicately lift it up and over the goalkeeper. Since then, a number of big-name players have followed suit, including Messi, Thierry Henry and, most notably, Francesco Totti.

Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce
Stuart Pearce celebrates after scoring his penalty Getty Images

From delicate to destructive. Stuart Pearce was haunted by his penalty miss in the World Cup semi-final against the West Germans in 1990.

And the feisty fullback relished the opportunity to make amends for his gaffe against the Spanish during Euro 1996.

Pearce thundered the ball into the bottom corner of Andoni Zubizarreta's net and unleashed his emotions to the world, screaming at the Wembley crowd and pumping his fists in sheer delight.

David Beckham

World Cup matches against Argentina went a long way towards defining David Beckham's trophy-laden career.

In 1998, he was dismissed for a petulant kick out at Diego Simeone during a knock-out match against England's long-time rivals. Beckham subsequently became a hate figure, with fans blaming him for England's elimination from the tournament.

Four years later, however, Beckham led the Three Lions into the World Cup in South Korea and Japan. And in their group game against a much-fancied Argentine side, the Manchester United man scored the winning goal with a nerveless penalty.

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane butts Italy's Marco Materazzi Getty Images

The legendary Frenchman's final game as a professional was one to remember. A World Cup final against Marcello Lippi's Italian side, in which he captained his country, scored their only goal of the game and was sent-off before France lost on penalties.

In amongst the madness, Zidane scored one of the most spectacular-looking penalties in living memory. Faced with Juventus star Gianluigi Buffon, Zidane produced a Panenka-inspired spot-kick that grazed the underneath of the bar and bounced a fraction over the line.

Argentine referee Horacio Elizondo gave the goal and France's greatest ever player breathed an enormous sigh of relief.

He wasn't smiling at full-time, mind you, after he was sent off for head-butting Italy's Marco Materazzi.