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On this day in 2016, in-form midfielder Dimitri Payet scored one of the greatest free-kicks in Premier League history when he dipped and curled the ball over a seven-man Crystal Palace wall to find the net.
Not only did he bag nine goals and 12 assists for Slaven Bilic's side, but he provided The Hammers with some much-needed swagger throughout that campaign as they finished in seventh place, just eight points off the top three.
In fact, Payet was deservedly named in the PFA Team of the Year for his contributions.
Dimitri Payet with his PFA Team of the Year award. pic.twitter.com/ij1t3odRAE
- West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) May 3, 2016
From that rabona assist for Michail Antonio at Watford to that magnificent individual effort against Middlesbrough, the talented attacking midfielder gave millions of fans some incredible moments in the famous claret and blue.
But it was that free-kick against Crystal Palace that will go down as arguably his greatest goal for The Hammers.
It's been five years since he scored this peach of a goal, but we still can't get enough of it. JUST LOOK AT IT [from every angle].
From :sparkles: Every :sparkles: Angle :sparkles:
Dimitri Payet scored free-kick against Crystal Palace #OnThisDay in 2016 ⚒ pic.twitter.com/8GkwhpZDl1
- Premier League (@premierleague) April 2, 2021
Five years later... still in awe of this
:calendar_spiral: #OnThisDay in 2016 Dimitri Payet scored this free-kick against Crystal Palace pic.twitter.com/VUjwXAeHcL
- West Ham United (@WestHam) April 2, 2021
The fact that he could only spend two seasons in the Premier League still hurts. There was a little more magic in the 2016/17 campaign but halfway through the campaign Payet decided he wanted out and longed for a return to Marseille.
That being said, he did score another classic against Middlesbrough.
Who else thinks it was massively unfair we only had two years of Dimitri Payet :raising_hand:♀️pic.twitter.com/CKHZivohQh
- Goal (@goal) March 14, 2020
How good was he, though?
Let us know your thoughts on Payet and his free-kick against Crystal Palace in the comments. We can't stop watching it.
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