Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas has compared forward Memphis Depay to Pele after his astonishing goal from the half way line.

The former Manchester United striker had caught Toulouse keeper Alban Lafont out of position, and beat him with a spectacular strike from the center circle.

“Once more, through his performance, Memphis treated us,” Aulas said. “He did something that Pele tried – I don’t remember what year he did it in.

“This is a sign of a very high class. He’s the kind of player who can make the fans come to the stadium.

ALSO: Jose Mourinho Explains Why He Doesn’t Use Memphis Depay

“We’re lucky to have exceptional homegrown players and now foreign players of an international level.”

The goal has also been compared to David Beckham’s goal for United against Wimbledon in 1996, but Memphis has said he isn’t deserving of such comparison.

“I’m not David Beckham,” he told Canal+. “I don’t compare myself to such a legend.

“I think it’s great for me to score a goal like this. I tried the same thing a few years ago when I played for PSV and I hit the bar. This time, I got lucky.

ALSO: UEFA Europa League Round Of 16 Draws: Man Utd To Face Rostov

“I realised in the first half that the keeper was off his line all the time. We put on pressure, I looked at him, and as soon as we won the ball I knew where he was, so all I had to do was turn and just do it – don’t think, just shoot.

“I didn’t even see the ball go in, I just saw the stadium going crazy.

“I think I’ve scored the best goal of my life. Aside from that, I’m very happy because the team has taken an important victory.

“I think I’m making progress every day in training. I know the team and my team-mates better and better. I have a lot of hope for the future.”