Twitter reacts to Moussa Sissoko's Euro 2016 final performance

Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko's performance in the Euro 2016 final was the talk of Twitter.

The midfielder was outstanding in France's 1-0 extra-time defeat to Portugal in Paris last night.

Newcastle United fans and journalists contrasted Sissoko's energy and enthusiasm in the showpiece at the Stade de France with some of his lacklustre performances for his club.

The 26-year-old, a powerhouse for France, was criticised by supporters for his fitful contribution to the cause last season.

Ex-United midfielder Joey Barton also posted a mischievous tweet.

Barton (@Joey7Barton) said: "Is this Sissoko fella the same dude from Newcastle last year!"

Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko

Steve Black – who worked with Sissoko last season while on coach Steve McClaren's staff – was quick to reply.

Black (@B1ackie) replied: "No. But facially he does look very like him. Then when the picture pans out to see him playing, no, it's not him."

The motivational coach added that Newcastle will now get "top dollar" if, as expected, they sell Sissoko this summer, though United manager Rafa Benitez wants to keep him at St James's Park.

He added: "On that performance Sissoko will cost a top club top dollar. That's good for NUFC as it gives Rafa funds as he rebuilds the team."

Sissoko – who has long hinted at his keenness to join Arsenal – is understood to be looking to leave relegated United this summer, though he refused to answer questions on his future ahead of the final.

Daily Telegraph journalist Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) tweeted: "Moussa Sissoko very much remembering this is his last chance to make sure his first home fixture of next season is not Huddersfield Town."

French football expert Matt Spiro ‏(@mattspiro) joked: "On this kind of form Moussa Sissoko is going to do some damage in the Championship next year."

Alan Pardew parady account @APardewCPFC also joined the debate.

It jokingly tweeted: "The only time I saw Sissoko run like that is the time I told him Arsene Wenger was on the phone."

Finally, the last word must go to Sissoko (@MoussaSissoko) himself, who left the field distraught after Eder won the tournament for Portugal.

He tweeted: "Sad to finish the #Euro2016 adventure without victory. Thank you all for being behind us!"