Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella has officially changed the game when it comes to trying to win a penalty.
In the modern era, the sight of players dangling out a leg to try and initiate contact inside the box from an opponent has sadly become commonplace.
But doing a full front flip to try and con the referee into awarding a penalty? You’d think that’s a bit too far, although not when it comes to Barella
During Inter’s crucial home match against Empoli in Serie A on Friday evening, the Italy international exaggerated minimal contact from an opposing defender in truly spectacular fashion.
To be fair to Barella, he executed the flip pretty darn well…
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— $eñor PæP | banter era (@peppismo) May 6, 2022
10/10 if he stuck the landing
— Monica L⚪️⚫️ (@vlahogol) May 6, 2022
Ever considered a career as a gymnast, Nicolo?
Thankfully, the referee didn’t fall for Barella’s antics and if he had, VAR would surely have corrected him.
The dive from Barella came when title-chasing Inter were trailing 2-0 at San Siro, Andrea Pinamonti and Kristjan Asllani grabbing the goals for Empoli.