About Dimitri Payet
Dimitri Payet is a professional football player from France.
He currently plays for the French Ligue 1 team, Olympique de Marseille. He hails from the French island of Reunion, located in the Indian Ocean.
Dimitri Payet prefers to play as an attacking midfielder for the team, and he was a regular in the French squad at the national level from 2010-2018. The talented midfielder can play both in the attacking role and in the winger's position.
Dimitri Payet Net Worth, Earnings, & Spending Habits
What is Dimitri Payet's net worth?
Dimitri Payet had a net worth of around $11 million in 2020-21.
How much does Dimitri Payet earn per year?
Dimitri Payet gets a weekly wage of about $139,746. So, in a year, he makes around $1,676,952.
Height, Age, & Physical Attributes
How tall is Dimitri Payet?
Dimitri Payet measures 5.7 ft (175 cm) from head to toe.
How old is Dimitri Payet?
Born on March 29, 1987, Dimitri Payet is currently 35 as of 2022.
Childhood And Education
Not much is known about the personal life of Dimitri Payet, and we only know that Mr. Dimitri Payet's birth took place on March 29, 1987 in Saint Pierre, Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. And he was raised by his parents, Akain Payet and Michelle Payet, in the same place.
Family, Romance, And Relationships
Who is Dimitri Payet's partner?
Dimitri Payet is married to Ludivine Payet, and they have three children.
Career And Professional Highlights
Best Known For…
Dimitri Payet is best known for being a gifted midfield football/soccer player from France. Throughout his footballing career, he has played for some top teams such as Lille, AS Saint-Etienne, West Ham United, and Marseille. He had helped Marseille compete in the 2018 UEFA Europa League final. Mr. Payet was part of the French national team that has reached the final of the Euro 2016 tournament.
Dimitri Payet began his football career in 1995 as an eight-year-old kid when he joined the youth academy at the local club Saint-Philippe. He stayed at Saint-Philippe for three years before moving on to another local club named JS Saint-Pierroise in 1998. He was only 11 then. After stints with local clubs Saint-Philippe and Saint-Pierroise, the young Dimitri Payet joined the professional football team Le Havre in 1999. In order to join Le Havre, he had to move to metropolitan France. At Le Havre, the Dimitri Payet trained vigorously to perfect his footballing skills. After spending four seasons at Le Havre, he returned to Reunion and spent a couple of years playing for a local club named AS Excelsior, starting in 2003.
The football club, AS Excelsior, was a part of the Reunion Premier League. He went to play for Ligue 1 team Nantes in 2005. Mr. Payet had agreed to play for Nantes under an amateur deal that was signed in January 2005. Once he became a player for the Nantes football team, he was assigned to the club's reserve team. The reserve team played in the French league's fourth tier, named the Championnat de France amateur. Mr. Payet scored six goals in 22 appearances for the Nantes reserve team in his debut season for the club. His excellent performance was noted by the coaching staff, and soon he was called up by the coach of the senior team Mr. Serge Le Dizet. He made his professional debut in a French Ligue 1 match on December 19, 2005 against rivals Bordeaux.
A significant moment in Payet's career came on January 21, 2006 when he scored his first professional goal while playing for club Nantes against Metz. He was rewarded a new three-year contract before the 2006-2007 season. By this time, Payet had established himself as an integral member of the senior team. He was given the team jersey with the number 31 on it, and he made a start wearing it on September 9, 2006 in a match against Lille.
The season 2006-07 was a notable one for Dimitri Payet. Since he performed brilliantly for Nantes during this phase of his career, he was scouted and approached by the representatives of the historic French football club AS Saint-Etienne. Mr. Payet agreed to sign a four-year contract with AS Saint-Etienne in 2007. The media reported that the contract was worth four million EUR. Mr. Payet had a forgettable first season with his new team. Having made his debut as a Saint-Etienne player on August 4, 2007, Mr. Payet scored zero goals throughout the season. However, being a talented player, it was only a matter of time before he would reach his full potential yet again. During the pre-season friendly matches, Mr. Payet was made the captain of the Etienne side that played a game against the national team of Reunion on May 21, 2008. His good form from pre-season continued into the league, and he scored his first goal of the 2008-09 season in a match against Bordeaux on September 29.
Dimitri Payet made his debut in a European football competition while playing for AS Saint-Etienne in the UEFA Cup or Europa League in 2008. It was the first-leg clash against Hapoel Tel Aviv, an Israeli club, on September 18, 2008. The year went pretty decently for Mr. Payet, as he scored four goals and collected the credit for six assists in the 2008-09 playing season. On July 22, 2009, the club and Mr. Payet agreed on a two-year contract extension. He flourished the next season on the pitch yet again. Scoring two goals and creating goalscoring opportunities on six occasions in a total of 35 matches, Dimitri Payet cemented his position as one of the best midfielders in the league. He reached another milestone on August 29, 2010 when he scored his first senior-level hat-trick.
At the completion of his contract with AS Saint-Etienne in 2011, Mr. Dimitri Payet penned a deal with a new team called Lille on June 28, 2011. Lille's transfer fee to pay AS Saint-Etienne was reportedly nine million EUR. Mr. Payet made his club debut for Lille in a game against Marseille in the cup competition Trophee des Champions on July 27, 2011. Mr. Payet appeared in his first league match for Lille against Nancy on August 6, 2011. His first goal for Lille came against Auxerre on October 15, 2011. With Lille, Dimitri Payet debuted in the elite European competition UEFA Champions League on October 18, 2011 in a clash against Inter Milan. He ended the 2011-12 season with 12 goal-making assists, finishing as the joint-top assist provider in the league alongside Matthieu Valbuena. His contribution to his team's success was acknowledged when he was made a part of the all-star UNFP Ligue 1 team of the season on May 18, 2013.
Dimitri Payet next signed with Olympique de Marseille on June 27, 2013. The transfer fee, in this case, was around 11 million EUR. He spent a good two years at Marseille, showing his class in the 2014-15 season after getting 17 assists under his name.
Dimitri Payet's career took a scintillating turn in 2015 when he penned a five-year contract with English Premier League club West Ham United. West Ham United reportedly had to pay about 12 million EUR to Marseille to seal the transfer deal. Dimitri Payet made his Premier League debut for the new club, West Ham United, against the rival London club Arsenal on August 9, 2015. In a league match against Leicester City on August 16, Dimitri Payet got the chance to score his first goal as a West Ham United player.
Dimitri Payet made a sensational return to Olympique de Marseille in 2017. He penned a four-year contract with his former club on January 29, 2017. Dimitri Payet then helped his club reach the final of the UEFA Europa League in its 2018 edition.
Dimitri Payet was given his international debut in February 2007 with the French Under-21 national team. Payet made his senior team debut on October 9, 2010 in a match against Romania. He played in Euro 2016 where France reached the final. He was involved in an unfortunate tackle that caused Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the pitch with a knee injury.
What awards has Dimitri Payet won?
One of Dimitri Payet's career highlights came in the 2010-11 playing season when he was awarded the September UNFP Player of the Month prize. This was conferred upon him for his overall performance with AS Saint-Etienne in September 2010. He helped his team reach the top of the league table by scoring three worthwhile goals and assisting other teammates in beating several opponents.
As a player for West Ham United, Dimitri Payet was awarded the Premier League Player of the Year award in 2016. He had also been nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in 2016.
Other Interesting Dimitri Payet Facts And Trivia
- The Saint Pierre-born footballer has the Zodiac sign of Aries.
- Dimitri Payet scored an important goal in the group stage of the UEFA Cup against Copenhagen in 2008-09.
- Dimitri Payet used to wear the #27 jersey for West Ham United. But we do not know why he chose to wear this jersey number.
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