The Hammers midfielder smashed home from long range in the 89th minute to hand victory to the hosts in the Euro 2016 opener.
The Hammers star, who had already racked up 14 goals and 12 assists for club and country this term before the Euro 2016 opener, was the star of the show for the host nation as they secured a 2-1 victory over Romania at Stade de France.
The PFA Player of the year nominee set up Olivier Giroud for the opening goal of the game with a fine cross, and when France looked to be toiling to a 1-1 draw on their big occasion, the 29-year-old came up trumps when he fired in a stunning winner from almost 30 yards in the penultimate minute of the match.
The goal was huge vindication for the man who had been ignored by French coach Didier Deschamps for so long, as he built on his impressive displays in the warm-up matches with the biggest moment of his international career to date.
Payet's class has been obvious to anyone who watched West Ham play this season, but to produce such a moment of magic on such a big stage displayed the true quality that the midfielder has at his feet.
For West Ham fans, it was both a euphoric and ominous moment, as their celebration at such a big moment for their star man was tempered by the natural dangers that come with a star showing their best on such a public stage.
Hammers supporters will now surely be feeling that a move to a top European club is a real possibility for the jewel in their crown, and certainly many of those on Twitter after the match felt cause for concern after his stunning goal.
We've got Payet but for how long if keeps playing like that? Pure class! #WHUFC— Rob Shed (@RobShed1) June 10, 2016
I'm fully not ready to lose Payet. This is only the first bloody game and he's done that. This is gonna be a long summer ain't it? #whufc— Lawrence (@Lawrenceee_B) June 10, 2016
We have absolutely no chance of holding on to Dimitri Payet now #WHUFC— Ian Wall (@ian8bit) June 10, 2016
I'll be amazed if Payet is still with us next season.— Tommy (@tommy_whu) June 10, 2016
For others, however, it was simply a moment to bask in the brilliance of the man who is surely one of the most talented footballers to wear their shirt in recent times.
Payet cost us 10.7 million. Imagine what he is worth now... #whufc— Jack Davies 父 (@JackEDavies) June 10, 2016