Dimitri Payet returned to the international stage in style on Friday night as the West Ham United man helped France to a 3-2 win away to the Netherlands in a friendly steeped with a sombre undertone.
The 28-year-old playmaker, winning his first cap for les Bleus since June 2015, performed like he had a point to prove as he looked to improve his chances of making Didier Deschamps' Euro 2016 squad on home soil.
If his stunning Hammers form was not enough to win him a spot, then Payet might have strengthened his hopes with a strong all-round display against a Dutch nation still mourning the loss of the iconic Johan Cruyff, who passed away on Thursday.
The former Marseille man managed 87 touches of the ball - more than any other player on the field - and six of his 11 crosses reached its target, according to figures provided by WhoScored.
In addition to that, he registered a very decent total of six key passes, even if his overall passing was somewhat erratic on the night, finishing the clash with an accuracy of 82%.
He also had four shots, one of which curled against the outside of post on the hour mark, but goal or no goal, Payet sent a message to Deschamps.
With the passing of Cruyff, the Dutch had more important things on their mind last night, and Danny Blind's side would have surely made more of an effort to silence Payet had it been a competitive fixture.