Everyone knows that Dimitri Payet is a wizard with the ball at his feet.
His goal against Middlesbrough at the start of the month was a thing of beauty. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic even said it wouldn’t have looked out of place in Lionel Messi’s highlight reel.
“It reminded me of Messi’s goals,” Bilic said. “I didn’t see many players scoring these kinds of goals. You get crackers, free-kicks, volleys, scissor kicks, 30-yard screamers. This was a brilliant moment of magic.”
Bilic isn’t lying. Over the course of his West Ham career, and at France during Euro 2016, Payet scored crackers, free-kicks, volleys, scissor kicks and 30-yard screamers.
Against the Netherlands on Friday, the 29-year-old wasn’t on the scoresheet but he still showed his ability with a wonderful piece of skill.
Under pressure in his own half, most players - even the most cautious - would have simply passed to a defender.
Not Payet. With Quincy Promes approaching, he nutmegged the Netherlands’ midfielder with a neat flick with his right foot before moving the ball on to a teammate.
Check it out.
We all owe a thank you to Payet’s parents for producing a genius. And an apology to Promes’ folks, for their son was well and truly humiliated.
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