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Name Paul Pogba
Spelling Paul Labile Pogba
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc Having failed to make the grade at Manchester United, Pogba would head to Italy and Juventus where he would flourish into one of the best young midfielders in world football. It would be a year after his switch to Turin that he would be crowned as the Golden Boy, Pogba helping Juventus to the first of four consecutive Serie A titles during his time at the club. His former side would come calling in 2016 and he would head back to Old Trafford in a world-record deal, the club smashing the transfer-record just four years after allowing him to leave on a free transfer

Affiliation

Org French National Team
Club as Player Manchester United
  Juventus
  Manchester United

Relationship

Mother Yeo Moriba
Agent Mino Raiola
Teammate Jesse Lingard
  Marcus Rashford
  Ander Herrera
  Anthony Martial

2016 08 09 Retrieve

[Pogba said he had spoken to Jose Mourinho a few times, as well as talking to France team-mates who had worked under the former Chelsea boss] He gave me energy, he gave me positivity. They all told me he’s the coach for me - he will make me improve a lot and make me work harder

[In a series of messages to Juventus supporters on social media, Pogba said] Goodbye means nothing, it is the time we spent together that matters. I will bring with me a piece of you and leave you a little piece of me

[Paul Pogba talks about his transfer delay. On Saturday, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri summoned Pogba to training, but just a day later United announced the player would have a medical - and on Monday he arrived in Manchester. But it took until the early hours of Tuesday for the deal to finally be announced] This transfer took so long because it was a huge decision and involved lots of thinking and work

2016 08 13 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba reflects on his world record transfer back to Manchester United with MUTV and what he hopes to achieve there] I still want to win the league for the first time with United because I didn’t win the league when I left. The Champions League, of course, and personally one of my dreams is to win the Ballon d’Or. That will come with time and hopefully it will come but first I want to win the Premier League, which I have never done. I just feel happy. There’s no words, just happiness and I can’t wait to start playing. It just looks like I left this team and then I came back. It’s a great feeling, to be honest. When I came back I just felt like I left something and then I came back – just taller, bigger, older. That’s it. I’m enjoying it

2016 10 22 Retrieve

[Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba speaks about team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic] Ibrahimovic is like a big brother. He has a winning mentality, a great player. He’s very important in Manchester, with him we can reach our objectives

2017 01 07 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba talks about his admiration for Real Madrid coach and The Best Men’s Coach 2016 nominee Zinedine Zidane] I admire him a lot. When I was younger, I was watching his videos, the way he was playing. I love big players, but there are some players who have something extra. On the pitch you have 11 players, in the squad, 22, and you see only one or two. You always see him doing something special, the way he’s playing, it’s beautiful to see. Ronaldinho was the same, these are players who have something special – he has that. I was always watching him. The ball was in one place, but I was always looking for Zidane

2017 01 21 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba tells he ignored interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid to re-join the English club] I came here because I have targets, it’s a big challenge for me. I could have also gone to Real Madrid or Barcelona, they were interested. I chose to return because I had that in my heart. It was my feeling that brought me here. I want to win with Manchester United, I’ve never won with them. I had always said that I would return – I didn’t know when – because it’s a club that I like a lot. I hadn’t finished, I left because I wanted to play. I hadn’t done what I had wanted to do here. I want United to become the great United again. That’s my challenge here

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba tells that Antoine Griezmann is like a brother to him] I always have good times when I’m with Grizou. He’s my brother, we’re always together. When you’re feeling good away from the pitch it’s easier for you on the pitch, and that’s what’s happening with the France team

2017 08 26 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba speaks at the launch of UEFA’s RESPECT campaign] It’s all about respect. It’s all about equality everywhere in the world. We are all equal when we play football. We can play with Chinese people, African guys, French, American, but we’re all equal when we do what we love on the pitch, and that’s the message we want to give to everyone

2018 07 21 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba gives a pre-match speech in the Luzhniki Stadium dressing room ahead of France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the FIFA World Cup Final in Moscow] Boys, I don’t want to talk too much. We all know where we are. We all know what we want. We know how far we’ve come. We know it in our hearts, in our eyes. I can see it boys. We are concentrated. We cannot forget. Maybe I am repeating myself. We are 90 minutes away from possibly making history. 90 minutes. One match. One match. I don’t know how many matches we have played in our careers, but this is one match that changes all of history. There is one trophy. For them [Croatia National Team], it’s the same. They want it. We know we lost a final [UEFA EURO 2016]. We know it. We feel it here [points to heart]. It’s still in our heads. Today we are not going to let another team take what is ours. Tonight, I want us to be in the memory of all the French people who are watching us – their kids, their grandkids and even their great grandkids. I want us to go on the pitch as warriors, as leaders

2018 09 08 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba remains focused on doing his best for Manchester United, despite speculation over his future] It’s not me who’s talking. I’m trying to do my job and work on myself physically. I got back late [from the World Cup], so I’m trying to perform as well as possible. One thing I can assure you, I will always give 100 per cent - no matter which coach, I always give everything for United. I cannot say more

2018 09 15 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba on his pre-match team talk at the World Cup Final] There are moments when I laugh, I joke around, I love dancing. I like to enjoy my life, but I can also be serious when I have to be serious. If I can help the squad by speaking at times like that, I do it. The World Cup is important, you had to show maturity

2018 11 03 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba looks forward to his return to Turin ahead of his club’s trip to face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League] For me, it’s a pleasure. Turin is my home - that’s where I scored my first professional goal

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba thanks Jose Mourinho for helping him improve as a person] We won trophies with Jose and I want to thank him for that. He makes me improve, as a person as well, and that’s it. That’s the past, I want to thank him for that. I’m sure that is the same for all the players and now we are looking forward to the next game

[Pogba says he is focused on helping United go back to the top of the league] The performance of the team was great and we are happy that the first game of the manager starts like this. It’s important now to carry on like that. We cannot play like this and win with five goals and then the next game lose

2018 12 31 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba criticise Jose Mourinho’s negative tactics] We are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league, it is just a reaction of all of the players and everyone is enjoying themselves. It is different, we still won games with the old manager but it is just a different style of playing, we are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play. I always want to do more, but I want to play for the team and play simple

[United remain sixth in the Premier League table but they have cut the gap to Arsenal to three points] We needed the win and we had a great performance as well. We are coming back, and there is still a long way to go, but to finish the year like that is beautiful

2019 05 13 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba’s cryptic Instagram post shortly after Mourinho’s sacking] Caption this