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“Give him the Puskas Award right now!” – Twitter reacts to Dmitri Payet’s Marseille wondergoal vs PAOK

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:59, 7 April 2022 | Updated: 12:30, 25 August 2022

Dmitri Payet scored a staggering goal as Marseille beat PAOK 2-1 in the Europa Conference League.

Marseille were already 1-0 up thanks to Gerson (assisted by Payet, of course) when, in the closing moments of the first-half, the Frenchman met a Cengiz Under corner with a barely believeable half volley from the edge of the box.

The ball rifled off Payet’s foot and into the top corner of the net, leaving Alexandros Paschalakis in the PAOK goal with no chance. A stunning, breathtaking strike that deservedly wound up being the match-winner.

Predictably, Twitter enjoyed it a lot. Here’s how some people reacted:

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Podcaster Roger Bennett delivered an accurate description of Payet’s right-foot:

While the BBC’s Dan Walker was less eloquent but more accurately descriptive of the goal itself:

Presenter Joe Thomlinson declared it the best goal he’s ever seen:

While Gary Lineker wasn’t quite THAT impressed, he did seem lost for words!

Former USWNT international Yael Averbuch West was similarly speechless but used the power of emoji to express herself:

Others were just reduced to sentence fragments:

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Sports Anchor Jonathan Acosta felt the goal should win the Puskas Award for Goal of the Year:

The one and only Tosin adored the filth of the strike:

Meanwhile James Dart just saluted the brilliance of Payet: