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Panenka liked Messi's attempt at his iconic shot

IMPRESSIVE: Panenka claims Messi's attempt to replicate his shot is the best ever

May 1, 2015 By Oscar Casanova Perches
It's been close to 40 years since the shot was created. Players like Zidane and Ronaldo have given it a try.

Antonin Panenka knows many have tried to emulate what he did in the 1976 European Championship final from the spot. For the creator of such gutsy shot, none of the attempts have been better than Lionel Messi’s against Getafe. 

Zinedine Zidane is widely remembered for trying it in the 2006 World Cup Final against Italy. The shot went in but Panenka was not impressed. Francesco Totti gave it a go but was unsuccessful in a game with Roma.

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"Players like Francesco Totti and Zinedine Zidane have also done it. But Messi is the most beautiful of all," the 66-year-old said.

There are certain characteristics that made La Pulga’s attempt special and unique. The Czech legend claims it just shows how great Messi is.

"It is the best one I've ever seen: not too powerful, down the middle and looping," Panenka told RAC 1.

Almost 40 years have gone by since the time that with his goal, Czecheslovaquia beat West Germany. The creator of such iconic shot enjoys watching everyone that tries to do what he invented.

"I am happy that players try the Panenka penalty and that journalists talk about it and fans enjoy it.”

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