Memphis Depay has gained worldwide acclaim for scoring a wonder-goal from the halfway line but he has dismissed comparisons to David Beckham.

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With Lyon already winning 3-0 against Toulouse, Memphis received a pass on halfway, swivelled past his marker and launched an outstanding lob over the head of goalkeeper Alban Lafont. Memphis was 46 metres from goal when he fired the ball on route to the net.

After the match, Memphis spoke to L’Equipe, “It was the goal of my life.

“I think it’s amazing for me to have scored a goal like that. I had tried it a couple of years ago (for PSV). I hit the crossbar then, and now I’m lucky it went in.”

Memphis added that he noticed Lafont kept coming off his line during the game, “I kept it in the back of my head that he’s in front of his goal 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, just everyone go up in the stands and go crazy.”

The goal brought back memories of David Beckham’s wonder lob against Wimbledon for Manchester United, but Memphis wouldn’t listen to any comparison.

He said, “I’m not David Beckham. I don’t compare myself to such a legend.”

Memphis has now netted five league goals for Lyon since joining from Manchester United in January.




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