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Memphis Depay did something to anger Troyes' goalkeeper after scoring Panenka

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Despite his recent fall from grace, Memphis Depay firmly believes he is still destined for greatness.

Now at Lyon in Ligue 1, the Manchester United flop was sold in the summer by Jose Mourinho following an underwhelming two seasons up north.

He's still only 23-years-old, of course, and vastly talented, but doubts remain as to whether he can unlock his true potential, not to mention sort out his attitude.

But speaking earlier this month to The PSV Supporter magazine, Depay said he is certain he will one day play for Real Madrid.

"I think I'm going to Real Madrid. Yes, that's a serious goal," the Dutchman said. "What's happened so far, that's God, he helps me and brings me here.

"I had very nice times at PSV, but I wanted to reach higher goals in my career. At Lyon I'm very happy. The club is in a way comparable to PSV."

Depay has made a fantastic start to the 2017/18 season on the goalscoring front, bagging five goals in nine league appearances.

He's also provided three assists to fire Lyon into third in Ligue 1, although they still trail league leaders Paris Saint-Germain by seven points.

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Sunday's trip to Troyes was where Depay really came to life, scoring a stunning hat-trick in a 5-0 win at Stade de l'Aube.

Depay's first goal in the 49th minute was a lovely finish into the bottom-right corner, while he lashed the ball into the top-right for his second.

And for his third with 20 minutes remaining, Depay won a penalty and scored it using a cheeky Panenka.

However, while Depay may be rediscovering the form that earned him a move to United two years ago, his attitude is definitely still a problem.

His Panenka against Troyes was a lovely piece of skill, but rather than just stop there, he insisted on antagonising the goalkeeper by winking at him. Check it out below at 1:00.

DEPAY'S HAT-TRICK VS TROYES

Was Depay's wink rude? Was it funny? That's open to interpretation, but it was certainly unnecessary and was enough to get some abuse from the goalkeeper.

If the Netherlands international wants to play for Real Madrid one day, it's this kind of behaviour he needs to cut out.

Cristiano Ronaldo got away with it because he was a phenomenal talent that could justify being arrogant, whereas Depay is still yet to prove himself.

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