Dimitri Payet scored a goal of the season contender for West Ham today.
We’re sure you’ve already seen it. If you haven’t, then scroll down this page now.
The Frenchman collects the ball on the left before dancing past three Middlesbrough defenders and slotting the ball into the net.
The defending is hopeless, admittedly, but it doesn’t take away the skill in Payet’s goal. He’s scored some fine goals in his career but this one might be the best of the lot.
Payet’s manager, Slaven Bilic, says it was something you’d see from Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
We can only imagine how crazy the fans inside the London Stadium went. It must have been an electric atmosphere.
Rio Ferdinand was impressed, too. The ex-Hammer tweeted: "Payet just took it to another level....school playground goal!"
We don’t need to imagine the reaction inside the Sky Sports studio, however. Mainly because there’s a video of it.
Thompson's quality reaction
Phil Thompson had the fortune of watching the game as Jeff Stelling presented Soccer Saturday and, if Payet’s effort was goal of the season, Thompson’s reaction was commentary moment of the season.
While Stelling is talking about Chester’s second goal in their game against Dover, cries of “stepover” begin to sound out of the shot. Then Thompson takes over.
“Stepover, stepover, stepover, stepover, stepover… AHH WHAT A GOAL! *clapping sounds*”
Take a bow, Thompson.
“There was about 30 stepovers from Payet, that’s what makes him so special,” the Liverpool hero adds.
Though Bilic admitted Payet’s goal was a magical moment, he was quick to remind his players not to rely on the France international each week.
“I don't see many players scoring these type of goals,” the West Ham boss said, per ESPN. “You see free kicks, you see volleys, scissor kicks, all different types of goals, but this was like Messi's goals.
“It was a brilliant, brilliant moment of magic. But we can't rely on him doing that every week."
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