It's not every day footballers manage to score a goal from the halfway line and make it look easy. Long-range efforts that wow crowds are a thing of precision capable only by the big names of the game -- think Beckham, Rooney and Alonso.
And now Olympique Lyonnais forward Memphis Depay has joined those names.
When Depay received the ball in the centre-circle of the pitch in the 82nd minute of Lyon's French Ligue 1 match against Toulouse FC on Monday, it only took a fake-move to the right and a spin to the left for him to escape an opposition defender before a well-aimed kick sent it gliding straight into the back of the net.
Sounds easy right? See for yourself.
VIDEO: Memphis Depay has just scored this goal from half-way line.— FP Media (@FP__Media) March 12, 2017
OH MY GOD. 😳pic.twitter.com/sOueVMNK6n
Depay, who recently left English giant Manchester United after only scoring two goals in 33 appearances between 2015 and January 2017, has enjoyed a recent run-of-form with Lyon after scoring 4 goals in his last 3 games for the club. And after this halfway-line jewel, United Fans can't believe his turnaround in performance.
Must be a different Memphis Depay. Surely not the one that failed at United https://t.co/INymPybKEl— World Class Wazza (@WorldClassWazza) March 14, 2017
Memphis Depay has 5 goals and 3 assists in 8 games. United have slept on the kidd— Suheib🇪🇹 (@suheiboxer) March 13, 2017
The Dutch forward was also quick to play down comparisons from team-mates between himself and other football superstars, such as former Manchester United star David Beckham, who have scored from a similar distance, according to ESPN FC.
"I think it's amazing for me to have scored a goal like that. I had tried it a couple of years ago. I hit the crossbar then, and now I'm lucky it went in," he said. "I'm not David Beckham. I don't compare myself to such a legend."
Even current United frontman Wayne Rooney, who has also scored a goal from the middle of a pitch, praised Depay on Twitter for the goal.
@Memphis great goal mate 🔥 🔥— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) March 12, 2017
As for the parallels between his goal and Depay's, we'll let you watch some of the memorable efforts below and let you make your own mind up.
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