When West Ham signed Dimitri Payet, their fans couldn’t have imagined just how good he was going to be.
The Frenchman arrived at Upton Park for just £10.7 million and, despite him being 29-years-old, he’s probably worth around four times that amount now.
But it’s one thing doing for your club in the Premier League, and it’s a totally different thing altogether producing it on the international stage.
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But boy, has Payet produced the goods at Euro 2016. The winger has, arguably, been the best player in the tournament so far and showed his class during France’s 5-2 quarter-final thrashing of Iceland.
Payet scored his third goal of the tournament in the first-half but probably his most impressive contribution occurred in the 59th-minute.
We all know how good Payet is in terms of shooting from free-kicks but, with him being 45-yards out, only Cristiano Ronaldo would attempt at shot from that distance.
Instead, he whipped a delightful cross right onto the head of Olivier Giroud who scored his second and France’s fifth goal of the night. Payet’s cross was so good that it tempted goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson off of his line as he attempted a punch but he was beaten to it by Giroud.
Check out the brilliant delivery here:
Everyone on Twitter was absolutely loving the cross from the world-class player.
France’s comfortable win sets up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Germany on Thursday with Wales and Portugal in the other semi.
With Payet and his teammates in this kind of form though, you really wouldn’t want to bet against the hosts from going all the way.
While West Ham supporters are probably enjoying watching him tear up this summer’s tournament, they must be fearful that his performances are going to catch they eyes of potential suitors - including Real Madrid or Barcelona.
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