Dimitri Payet closing in on Zinedine Zidane’s European Championship record

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Dimitri Payet could establish a place for himself in European Championship history if he continues to impress for hosts France.

The 29-year-old has already bagged two goals in two games for Les Bleus at Euro 2016 but now stands on the brink of breaking a record set by Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane created a record-breaking 15 chances for France during Euro 2004.

And Payet, incredibly, is just one chance shy of equalling that tally, having created an incredible 14 chances for France already this time round.


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To but the West Ham man’s form into some kind of context, the player who has created the second highest number of chances at Euro 2016 is Marouane Fellaini.

Fellaini created seven goalscoring opportunities for Belgium in their opening game defeat to Italy.
Payet may have played a game more than the Manchester United man but he is evidently in the form of his life.

More importantly, Zidane played a total of four games at Euro 2004 – two more than Payet has so far played – to reach that total.

It all adds up to a remarkable start to the tournament for Payet, who has enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the national team.

Having once claimed he would not be picking Payet for Les Bleus or Euro 2016, manager Didier Deschamps is now in the position where the 29-year-old is almost an automatic starter for France.

And with these kinds of statistics to back him up, you would be hard pressed to disagree with the decision to include the Hammers hero.

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