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Watch: Two Clips That Sum Up Memphis Depay's Unrelenting Self-Confidence

Watch: Two Clips That Sum Up Memphis Depay's Unrelenting Self-Confidence

Memphis Depay didn't make a lot of friends during his time in England, but that will matter very little to a man who believes in himself as much as the Dutchman does.

Despite suffering a blow to his ego by being cast aside at Old Trafford and landing at Lyon, last week he said the following which suggests he didn't take it too hard.

I believe that I'm going to play for Real Madrid one day.

That's my objective. When will it be? Only God knows. He'll help me and take me there.

You've got to admire that belief in one's own ability, even if it seems far-fetched for someone who is likely not on Real Madrid's radar, but if there was any doubt as to just how confident Memphis is in himself, that was ended on Sunday afternoon.

Having already scored two goals away to Troyes, when a penalty was awarded in the 70th minute he was bemused to see striker Mariano Diaz pick up the ball hoping to take the shot.

He then wrestled the ball away from his teammate:

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Fully justified, if an attacker is on two goals, who takes the ball away from them denying them a chance for the hat-trick.

That said, once you wrestle the ball from a teammate in such a way, you put an immense amount of pressure on yourself. If you miss, you look like an absolute tit, so what did Memphis do when facing such a dilemma?

He panenka'd the penalty...

That takes a lot of cojones - as Troy Deeney would put it - to showboat in such a situation, but that is who he is, for better or worse.

Lyon went on to win 5-0, with Mariano Diaz getting the 5th so everyone went home happy, especially Memphis Depay with the match ball tucked under his arm.

Mikey Traynor

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