Paul Pogba Profile
|Born||Mar 15, 1993|
Paul Pogba is a FIFA World Cup winning midfielder who currently plays for Manchester United and the French national side.
Pogba gained recognition for his outstanding performances for Serie A club Juventus from 2012 to 2016 and this helped secure him a return to Manchester United, where he had previously spent three years, including two as an academy product. Pogba won four Scudetti and lifted the Coppa Italia twice in Turin.
The transfer was a then-world record $116million, something which has since been broken by Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for $263million from Barcelona in 2017. It does, however, remain the most expensive signing in English soccer history.
In his first appearance at a major international tournament, Pogba was awarded FIFA’s Best Young Player at the 2014 World Cup before scoring in the final four years later to inspire France to a 4-2 victory over Luka Modric's Croatia.
Pogba at Old Trafford
In 2009, Pogba confirmed his move to Manchester United’s academy from Le Havre, a decision lambasted by president Jean-Pierre Louvel, who alleged the switch was extrinsic-motivated with a house and $110,000 on the table.
Ironically, Le Havre were accused of doing something similar by Pogba's previous academy club Torcy. Man Utd were cleared of any wrongdoing by FIFA in 2010, with Le Havre reaching a confidential agreement with the Premier League outfit.
Following impressive performances in the Under-18s in 2009/10, Pogba was promoted to the first team and made his debut for the reserves in November 2010 against Bolton Wanderers. Pogba also continued to play for the Under-18s and contributed to the team's FA Youth Cup triumph that season against Sheffield United.
In 2011, the Frenchman made his first-team debut in domestic cup games and featured in a 3-0 victory over bitter rivals Leeds United in the EFL Cup. He made his Premier League debut at the start of 2012 and would play in a single UEFA Europa League fixture, replacing Michael Carrick against Athletic Bilbao. However, despite being given some playing time, the club and player could not agree terms on a new deal.
Pogba would then join Juventus on a free transfer before returning to Old Trafford in 2016 under Jose Mourinho. Agent Mino Raiola reportedly received a payment of $43.5million from Juventus for his part in selling Pogba for $116million.
In his first season back in Manchester, Pogba played alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and helped the side win the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League, guiding the team back into the Champions League in the process. Pogba ended the season with nine goals and six assists in all competitions.
A hamstring injury against Basel in Europe hampered Pogba during the 2017/18 campaign and this saw him miss eight matches. Despite scoring more league goals in fewer appearances, Pogba received criticism for his inconsistency during a campaign where Man Utd finished runners-up to Manchester City and Chelsea in the Premier League and FA Cup, respectively.
The following season went from bad to worse, with it becoming apparent that the relationship between Pogba and Mourinho had broken down. Having been named as club captain prior to the 2018/19 season, the French ace was stripped of the captaincy in September 2018 and would never lead the club again under the Portuguese, who branded Pogba as a 'virus' on the team. Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 after defeat to Liverpool.
A resurgence in form soon followed under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and despite a turnaround in results, a late slump would see Man Utd miss out on a Champions League spot by finishing sixth. Pogba ended the season with his best return, scoring 16 goals and having 11 assists. He was subsequently named in the Premier League Team of the Year.
In the summer of 2019, Pogba announced he wanted to leave the club with the hope of securing a return to Juventus or Real Madrid. A reported offer of around $31million plus James Rodriguez from Real boss Zinedine Zidane was rejected, with the bid being deemed too low.
Pogba admitted there was a 'question mark' over his future following victory in the opening game of the 2019/20 season against Frank Lampard's Chelsea. Pogba - under pressure from fans to commit his future to the club - missed a penalty in the next game against Wolverhampton Wanderers and received racist abuse on social media for squandering the chance. Pogba returned to the set-up after recovering from surgery during lockdown and helped Man Utd finish the season in third position.
In 2020, the club triggered a contractual clause to extend his stay at Old Trafford for another year.
Success with France
Pogba made his debut for France in 2013 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Georgia before being named in the 23-man squad for the tournament itself.
He started France's opening game, playing in central midfield as they comfortably defeated Honduras 3-0. Pogba then came off the bench in the following game and assisted Karim Benzema in a 5-2 victory over Switzerland.
Things would get better for Pogba, who delivered a match-winning performance in a 2-0 round of 16 victory over Nigeria. Pogba, who scored the opening goal, was awarded FIFA's Man of the Match. Eventual winners Germany eliminated France in the quarter-finals, but Pogba was named the Best Young Player of the tournament.
At Euro 2016, where France were the hosts of the competition, Pogba endured an indifferent campaign as manager Didier Deschamps received criticism for playing him out of position in the opening game before benching him for their second group stage fixture against Andorra.
A rejuvenated Pogba delivered impressive performances in the quarter-finals and semi-finals but was unable to guide his nation to victory in the final over Portugal, who beat them 1-0.
In 2018, Pogba was instrumental in helping France get over their Euro hangover, participating in wins over Belgium and Argentina in the knockout stages before scoring in their 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final.
Pogba was once again a key player for France at Euro 2020, where he appeared to raise his game on the international stage once more.
He started all of France's games in the competition, but his best game came, perhaps cruelly, in the game in which Les Blues were eliminated.
Pogba was instrumental in turning a 1-0 deficit into a 1-3 advantage in the round of 16 clash with Switzerland, scoring the third himself with a brilliant long range effort.
However, the Swiss were able to stage a late rally and force a penalty shootout. Pogba stepped up first for France and scored, but Switzerland won the shootout when Kylian Mbappe missed.
Pogba was born to Guinean parents and is a Muslim. He is married to Bolivian model Maria Zulay Salaues and together they have a son.
In October 2020, Pogba confirmed he would be 'taking legal action' over reports from the Middle East that he was retiring from the national team after comments made by president Emmanuel Macron about Islam. Macron referred to Islam as 'the source of international terrorism'. Pogba branded it as 'fake news'.
Pogba has two twin brothers: Florentin and Mathias, who are both professional soccer players. Florentin is a defender for Ligue 2 side FC Sochaux-Montbeliard and the Guinea national team. Mathias, meanwhile, has had spells in England, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands although he has never spent more than two seasons at a club. After leaving Celta Vigo’s academy, he joined Quimper and lived with former team-mate Riyad Mahrez. He currently plays for Racing Murcia.
In 2020, Pogba came in at No.50 on Forbes' World's Highest Paid Athletes List with estimated earnings of $28.5million. Endorsement deals with Adidas and PepsiCo see Pogba earn around $5.5million.
In 2018, Pogba was ranked No.5 on the Forbes' Highest Paid Soccer Players List with a fortune of $29.5million.
Outside of soccer, Pogba promotes charities to end racism and clean oceans. Pogba has his own charity called the Pogba Foundation, which focuses on delivering clean drinking water in Africa.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pogba teamed up with UNICEF to raise money to provide more than 330,000 pairs of disposable gloves for key workers and 2,777 surgical masks to prevent the disease from spreading.
On Instagram and Twitter combined, Pogba has more than 50million followers.
In September 2021, Forbes revealed the top ten highest earners in world soccer for the 2021/22 season in which Paul Pogba placed eighth. Pogba will earn $34million during the 2021/22 season at Manchester United alongside his 10-year shoe deal with Adidas.
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- Jun 12, 2022