It might be more difficult to defend Pele's assertion that Brazil phenom Neymar is a better overall player than Barcelona's Lionel Messi after watching his spectacularly bad penalty .
In the 80th minute of an international friendly with Colombia that was played in New Jersey (but more about that later) with the score tied at one, the 20-year-old superstar had a chance to give his side the lead with a penalty kick. Neymar took a running start, tried to fake out the goalkeeper and then blasted the ball high and way above the crossbar.
"That is one of the worst penalties I've seen in a long, long time," the announcer said.
Lost in the talk of the epic miss, was Neymar's earlier strike for Brazil that ensured the 1-1 tie. After the game, Neymar blamed the field conditions at MetLife Stadium.
"The penalty was horrible but you probably noticed the state the pitch was in, it didn't have any stability. I tried to take it slowly but it didn't work out...these things happen," he told the Brazilian media, via Reuters.
These blunders might be rare, but they do happen.
Red Bull Salzburg's Jonathan Soriano missed a penalty kick over the summer in similar fashion when he was the Austrian Bundesliga's leading scorer.