Dimitri Payet discusses astonishing free-kick ability for West Ham and France

France's Dimitri Payet prepares to take a free kick

The Hammers favourite has been deadly from set-pieces this year, and has been his country's hero so far in this summer's European Championships.

France's Dimitri Payet prepares to take a free kickFrance's Dimitri Payet prepares to take a free kick

West Ham and France star Dimitri Payet has lifted the lid on his superb free kick ability, in an interview with the Uefa website.

The 29-year-old netted four times from set pieces for the Hammers last season, registering strikes against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace in the Premier League and Blackburn and Manchester United in the FA Cup.

But his national team has also gotten a taste of his ability, with free kicks against Russia and Cameroon this year alone. All in all it means Payet has netted six free kicks in 2016, from a total of 30 games for club and country, or putting it another way, the attacking midfielder scores a free kick every five games.

Dimitri Payet scores the second goal for West Ham from a free kickDimitri Payet scores the second goal for West Ham from a free kick

Payet was quick to point out that it hasn't been easy developing his dead-ball prowess though.

"It's not something you are born with," he told Uefa.com. "There's definitely a lot of work that goes into it.

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the matchFrance's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the match

 

"When you score free-kicks, it is because you've worked hard on them. I try to be strong in that department as I have been given the responsibility, and I am well aware how important they can be in a tight game." 

Whether most supporters can comprehend just how much work players like Payet must have put into the skills that wow them on a Saturday afternoon isn't clear, what is obvious is that the melding of determination and talent is what makes football such a wonderful game to watch.

And few can deny that Payet is one of football's most entertaining footballers right now.

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates after the gameFrance's Dimitri Payet celebrates after the game

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