Football Player: Who is Paul Pogba?


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Paul Pogba is a French professional footballer, born on 15 March 1993 in Lagny-sur-Marne, France.


Pogba played for English club Manchester United and the French national team. He is a central midfielder but can switch to both offensive and defensive midfield roles depending on the situation. After making a record breaking transfer switch to Manchester United in 2016, Pogba has left United on a free transfer in 2022. The 29-year-old is now set to return back to Juventus once again on a free transfer.


The Frenchman is a powerful box to box midfielder who can really draw immediate attention by his skillful play, creative playmaking and goal scoring capabilities.


Paul Pogba's Background


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Pogba started playing football at a very young age of six, back then he used to play for US Roissy-en-Brie. After his success at US Torcy, where he was the under thirteen captain, Pogba decided to join Le Havre for playing professional football. Pogba joined Manchester United’s youth team on 31 July 2009. Following his successful run with the youth team he was called to join the first team 2 years later, however he continued with the youth side.


Paul Pogba's Debut

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Pogba was promoted to the senior team on a permanent basis in the 2011-12 season.


He made his Premier league debut on 31 January 2012 against Stoke City, coming on in the 72nd minute of the game.


Pogba made his international debut for French national team on 22 March 2013 against Georgia in world cup 2014 qualifier match which France won 3-1.


Rise to Glory


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After ignoring a Manchester United contract by Sir Alex Ferguson, Pogba finally decided to move on to Italian giants Juventus in early 2012. His first goal came against Napoli in a 2–0 win and later contributed with many game winning performances that season.

In August 2013, Pogba displayed an performance against Lazio, winning the match 4-0 for his side. He was also named 2013's Golden Boy for the best young player in Europe later that year. Pogba was already making headlines and was one of the most promising young talents of Europe. He was a key player in Juventus securing the Italian league title in 2015 and topped the assist list of Series A. In his career with Juventus Pogba made 124 appearances and scored 24 goals.


The young Frenchman then returned to his former English club Manchester United on 8 August 2016 on a exorbitant fee of €105 million plus bonuses of €5 million.


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Pogba played 51 games in all competitions and scored 9 goal, made 6 assists in the 2016-17 season, proving to be a very effective middle man for the Red Devils. However, the French international never managed to lived up to the expectations that United fans had of him as he struggled with inconsistency and also with recurring injuries taking him out of the game for long periods. Fans and English media continuously questioned his commitment towards the club as he often moved to Dubai for his rehab schedule.


However, Pogba is considered as a big part of the national team, he was selected to play in the 2014 World Cup and helped France secure multiple victories. He was also awarded tournament's Best Young Player title.

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Although Pogba didn't start the Euro 2016 with a bang, he found his lost form in the quarter final match against Iceland which he won 5-2 by scoring and bossing the midfield.


He helped by assisting Antoine Griezmann to secure a win against Germany in the semi finals, however lost to Portugal in the finals by one goal. The France national team then went into the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a strong squad and Paul Pogba was definitely one of the star players in that group. After defeating Croatia in the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, France lifted the World Cup and Pogba certainly shushed many of his haters that night by scoring a goal in the final.


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Paul Pogba's Low Points

Pogba always has one thing constant in his career, that is lack of discipline on the field. He is highly susceptible to getting a card and doesn't usually behaves in the nicest fashion.


He was accused and sent off for spitting on an opponent player after getting slapped on face. He is criticized by football pundits due to his behavior and unruly character.


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