Having been named as the Best Young Player at the previous World Cup, Pogba was one of the goal scorers as France celebrated winning the prestigious trophy at the 2018 tournament with a young and up-and-coming team. Still applying his skills at Premier League side Manchester United, we take a look at the top quotes on French star Paul Pogba.
Born to Guinean parents, Pogba joined the youth squad at Manchester United FC and is currently in his eighth season with the club in his second spell there.
A move to Juventus in 2012 led to four consecutive league titles for the Italian side as well as a Champions League final appearance, the club’s first in 12 years. The transfer back to United envoked a world record fee for a footballer, and two trophies were picked up in his first season back.
As well as a World Cup winner, Pogba helped France to win the UEFA Nations League in 2021. So far, he has played 91 times for his national team, with many more to come.
Seen as a central midfielder who can attack, Pogba has shown a wide variety of roles on the football field, deployed sometimes as a winger, a defensive player, and a playmaker. Still aged just 29, Pogba will be looking to enjoy more success with club and country in the coming years.
“…..he’s got great ability.” Alex Ferguson
“…..is a tremendous warrior on the pitch but also has so much talent.” Gianluigi Buffon
“Everything just seems easy for him…..” Didier Deschamps
“…..technique, power, finesse, vision, mental strength…..he has everything…..” Pierre Mankowski (former France assistant manager)
“Paul is more technically gifted than I ever was…..He can be one of the best in the world.” Patrick Vieira
“Paul is a quality player, we all trust him, we all know his qualities.” Bruno Fernandes
“The difference between Paul and the other players was simple, he was more talented, but it was mainly his work ethic.” Mamadou Papis Magassa (former youth coach in France)
“If Pogba was Italian, he would be the new Alessandro Del Piero, the new Francesco Totti. Unfortunately, Italy does not have a player like him. Conte knows he has a Ferrari on his hands.” Alessio Tacchinardi (former Juventus player)
“But this Pogba resembles a certain Mr Vieira. He could even be better.” Fabio Bianchi (Italian football journalist)
“…..we know he is a very good player.” Jose Mourinho
“When we block, when we save some chances…..Paul is one of them as well, I have to praise him for that.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“He’s got great potential and could be a great player both offensively and defensively…..Paul can fulfil his potential and become a great champion.” Antonio Conte
“Technically, he’s one of the best footballers around.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“Amazing…..He’s doing really well and he’s such a big player.” Bruno Fernandes
“Pogba is an incredible player…..A top, top player.” Pep Guardiola
“Compared to me, Pogba is more attacking…..He is also better on a technical level and is certainly more talented than I was.” Patrick Vieira
“Paul is extraordinary.” Pierre Mankowski
“He loves football and has a big smile.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“He was only young, but we could see he was special.” Andrea Pirlo
“Pogba has developed in an exceptional way…..He’s got all the potential to reach the very top.” Antonio Conte
“…..any team would miss a player like Paul Pogba…..He is very important for us and he’s going to give us a big boost.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer