Argentinean Mauro Icardi, a striker for the Turkish team Galatasaray, hilariously missed the opportunity to score a goal while taking a penalty.
During the match between Galatasaray and Istanbulspor in the Turkish League, the referee awarded a penalty in favor of the Galatasaray team in the 37th minute.
In the style of Argentine star Lionel Messi and Uruguayan Luis Suarez, the duo of Karim Akturkoglu and Icardi decided to repeat Leo’s trick on the penalty kick.
It looked like Akturkoglu would be the one to take the penalty, and rather than take it directly, he decided to pass to Icardi, who was unable to put the ball into the net even though the Istanbulspor goalkeeper was lying on the ground.
Penalty kick from Galatasaray. 😱😱
Mauro Icardi. 😭
— Actu Foot (@ActuFoot_) September 26, 2023
Although Icardi failed to score a goal in the same way as Messi and Suarez, he returned to correct the mistake and was able to score the match goal for his team in the 42nd minute thanks to an assist from Aktürkoğlu, so the match ended 1-0 in benefit of the guests.
Notably, Messi and Suarez pulled off this trick during a Celta Vigo match in La Liga in 2015, when Lionel Messi passed the penalty to Suarez, who fired it into the net.
Icardi left for Turkey last year on loan, but the Turkish club signed the Argentine star permanently during the 2023 summer transfer period from Paris Saint-Germain.