Memphis Depay – the Best Young Player of 2015 by France Football, failed to live up to the expectation at Manchester United. The Netherlands 23-year-old wonder kid has found a new life in the Olympique Lyonnais, since his winter move to the club from Manchester United. He already has five goals to his name from nine appearances for the club and he did something spectacular this weekend against Toulouse, which earned him comparison from David Beckham and Pele.
The Dutch star scored a stunner from a yard inside into the opponent’s half, which made him overnight star. His goal earned comparisons from former Manchester United man David Beckham goal against Wimbledon in 1996, and Pele attempt against Czechoslovakia in 1970 world cup.
Lyonnais President Jen-Michel Aulas compared Depay long range strike to one Brazil legend Pele attempted but missed in 1970 World Cup against Czechoslovakia. He said, “Once more through his performance, Memphis treated us. He did something Pele tried, I don’t remember what year he did it in.”
FIFA is considering Depay goal as a potential Puskas Award contender
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) March 13, 2017
This is a sign of very high class. He is the kind of player who can make the fans to come to the stadium. We are lucky to have exceptional homegrown players and now foreign players of international level.”
FIFA is also considering Depay goal as contender of FIFA Puskas Award 2017, as they tweeted the “goal captioned goal of the year signed.”
But, in an interview with Canal+, Depay himself was quite modest in his comparison with football legends like Beckham and Pele. ”I’m not David Beckham. I don’t compare myself to such a legend. I think it’s great for me to score a goal like this. I tried the same thing a few years ago when I played for PSV and I hit the bar. This time, I got lucky.” As reported in football365.com website.
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) March 12, 2017
“I realized in the first half that the keeper was off his line all the time. We put on pressure, I looked at him, and as soon as we won the ball I knew where he was, so all I had to do was turn and just do it – don’t think, just shoot.”
“I didn’t even see the ball go in; I just saw the stadium going crazy. I think I have scored the best goal of my life, aside from that, I’m very happy because the team has taken an important victory. I think I’m making progress every day in training. I know the team and my teammates better and better. I have a lot of hope for the future.”
The 25 million former Manchester United man was described by then United manager Luis Van Gaal as the greatest talent of his age, but it didn’t turn up to be the good move for the Dutchman. In 53 games for United, Depay only scored seven goals, which didn’t reflect the performance of a player of his talent. Before moving to United, Depay played for Eindenhoven and he scored 39 goals in 75 appearances for the Dutch club. Finally, it feels spring has arrived once again for the Best Young Player of 2015.