From UEFA to LaLiga, we revisit the top 5 goals that define the maverick's legacy
As the football universe gathers to celebrate the 30th birthday of the enigmatic Memphis Depay on February 13, it's not just a milestone for the Dutch dynamo but a testament to a career etched in brilliance.
In this special feature, we embark on a journey through the goal-laden chapters of Depay's illustrious career, unravelling the top five goals that have defined him as a maestro on the pitch. From UEFA to La Liga, each goal tells a story of skill, precision, and the unmatched flair that is uniquely Memphis. So buckle up as we dive into the magical realm of goals and wish the maverick a happy birthday in style!
In a dazzling display of skill and finesse, Memphis Depay etched his name in the UEFA Europa League's history books on August 28, 2014. Facing Shakhtyor Soligorsk, Depay scored a breathtaking brace for PSV Eindhoven, securing a 2-0 victory. The match's highlight was Depay's first goal—a spectacle of sheer brilliance.
Receiving a pass in the midfield, he accelerated, dribbled past defenders with unmatched skill, and calmly found the back of the net. The goal left the opposition defenders bewildered and the fans in awe of Depay's extraordinary talent.
The FIFA World Cup 2014 witnessed Memphis Depay's magic on June 18, as he scored the winning goal for the Netherlands against Australia. In a Group B encounter, Depay's screamer from a distance secured a 3-2 victory. With the game finely poised, Depay's moment came in the late stages when he unleashed a shot that resonated with power and precision. It was more than just a goal; it was a testament to his ability to turn the tide in crucial moments, making it one of the standout goals of the tournament.
Entering the French Ligue 1 scene with Olympique Lyonnais, Memphis Depay showcased his brilliance in a showdown against PSG during the 2017/18 season. With PSG down to ten men, Depay, brought off the bench by Genesio, delivered a goal that was a perfect blend of skill and timing. Alphonse Aréola in the PSG goal could only watch as Depay's brilliance unfolded, securing a memorable 2-1 victory for Lyon.
In another memorable clash during the 2017/18 season, Lyon faced Nantes, and Depay again left an indelible mark. Facing Léo Dubois, who would later become his teammate, Depay outshone him with a brilliantly executed goal. Using his supposedly weaker left foot, Depay displayed deftness before striking a half-volley with precision. It showcased the versatility and finesse that define Memphis Depay's goal-scoring prowess.
Memphis Depay's journey continued in La Liga with Atletico Madrid, where he made an instant impact with a late winner against Celta Viga. In a ten-man battle, with Atletico reduced to 10 men after Savic's red card, Depay seized the moment in the 89th minute. Positioned perfectly, he received a blocked shot, turned, and fired a spot-on strike that found the back of the net. A goal that secured victory and showcased Depay's ability to rise to the occasion.
We hope Memphis Depay continues to have unforgettable moments, incredible goals, and success on and off the court as he blows out the candles on his 30th birthday cake. Memphis, happy birthday! May your path be as remarkable as the aspirations bestowed on the world!