Former West Ham United hero turned villain Dimitri Payet suffered a new career low humiliation last night.
There is no question that Payet is one of the best players to have graced West Ham in recent times.
But it is his fall from grace since leaving the Hammers in controversial fashion that intrigues West Ham supporters nowadays.
His acrimonious departure in January 2017 sullied his name with West Ham fans who had adored him.
The French wizard downed tools to force a return to Marseille three years ago.
Payet the hero now something of a villain
And it came just months after he was made one of the highest paid players in West Ham’s history and received a £1million loyalty bonus payment (Telegraph).
Payet has courted controversy in France since his return.
He was criticised for refusing a pay cut when the Covid pandemic saw the Ligue 1 season scrapped last year.
While players at West Ham and clubs across Europe agreed wage cuts and deferrals, Payet flat out refused – despite claiming he loves the club (Le Journal de l’île de la Réunion).
The ex West Ham playmaker’s reputation took another battering earlier this season when he was accused of being ‘overweight’.
That was according to former Marseille goalkeeper Pascal Olmeta, who pulled no punches when it came to Payet’s physical fitness (Get French Football News).
Payet was criticised again recently as he was accused of ‘playing dirty tricks’ over new Covid pay cut talks (GFFN).
Former Hammer Payet hits career low as he captains Marseille to worst result in history
And the former West Ham star made headlines for all the wrong reasons again last night.
That’s after captaining Marseille to one of the most humiliating defeats in the club’s history.
Ex West Ham star Payet was expected to lead L’OM to an easy win over FOURTH DIVISION side Canet Roussillon to make the last 16 of the French Cup.
But as West Ham gear up to play Leeds in their bid to qualify for Europe, midtable Marseille were sent crashing out of the French Cup 2-1 by the minnows.
The result has been called the biggest humiliation in the history of the competition. And to make matters worse Payet’s opponents have not played a single match since October outside of the Coupe de France due to Covid-19.
Astonishing result labelled a ‘disgrace’ but silence from the skipper
The astonishing result was labelled a ‘disgrace for which there are no words’ by Payet’s teammate and supposed West Ham target Boubacar Kamara (Get French Football News).
And as yet there have been no words from Payet in the wake of the shock defeat, despite the midfielder being captain.
It has taken a few years but West Ham finally look to be on the up again after their Payet inspired 2015/16 season.
All boats rose with the tide as Payet weaved his magic in east London during the emotional Farewell Boleyn campaign as West Ham missed out on Champions League football by just four points.