|FULL NAME||Dimitri Payet|
|BORN||March 29, 1987|
|HEIGHT||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|ROLE||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
Dimitri Payet is a French footballer who currently plays for Olympique Marseille and the French national team as a winger. Payet, who has been described as a mercurial talent, has had his fair share of ups and downs with fans and the media. His performances for club and nation, on the other hand, have been regularly praised by both supporters and critics.
Payet was born in Saint Pierre, Reunion Islands, on March 29, 1987. He began his football career with local clubs before joining Le Havre in France. He returned to his own country to play for AS Excelsior for a short time.
Payet is one of the world stage’s late bloomers. During his amazing season with Saint Etienne in 2010, he made his senior squad debut. It happened in the final minutes of a friendly match versus Romania. He made the most of his little opportunity by picking up an assist. Despite doing admirably for the national squad, he had to wait until 2015 to receive sufficient opportunities.
Rise to glory
When Payet was signed by West Ham United from Marseille, he made headlines. In France, he already had a reputation for spectacular dribbling and shooting. In the span of three years, he was named to the Ligue 1 Team of the Season twice.
The Hammers were enticed to sign him because of his performances for Lille and Marseille. And the impression he made in his debut season left a lasting impression on football fans. He shredded defences and snatched curlers. He was named the 2015/16 Hammer of the Season.
He then went on to have a great Euro 2016 campaign, igniting the group stage with a stoppage time screamer against Romania that gave France a crucial 2-1 victory.
He went on to score two more goals in the tournament, making him one of France’s most useful players. Unfortunately, the magic escaped him in the final, as France was defeated by Portugal in a heartbreaking defeat at home. Payet was named to the Tournament’s All-Star Team.
After spending his youth years with a variety of teams, his first major break came when he moved from Excelsior in Reunion to Nantes. He thrived in the central midfield position at Nantes. He joined Saint Etienne after two seasons. While he excelled in all of his seasons with the club, it was in his last season that he smashed the glass ceiling. He scored 13 goals in the league and was also called up to the national squad.
Payet was traded to Lille, where he played for two seasons and established himself as a vital component. His ingenuity in the closing third of the opposing half frequently resulted in goal scoring opportunities.