Fresh off another brilliant performance on Sunday, Paul Pogba’s value continues to rise and soon he may be the most expensive player of all-time.
“I need to keep on working and doing what I’m doing for the fans and the club. I’m more clinical this year. I’m fortunate enough to get off a few more shots and thankfully the ball is going in,” said Pogba after Juventus’ 2-0 victory over Chievo.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Best Young Player has now scored four goals in as many games and has added another dimension to his game. Pogba was originally viewed as a defensive midfielder when he left Manchester United but similar to Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, he’s added the box-to-box dimension to his game. His six-foot-two frame combined with a superb dribbling ability and new-found goalscoring touch has made him very dangerous and difficult for opponents to mark. His manager Massimiliano Allegri understands that at the rapid pace he continues to develop, the French international will eventually be purchased by a bigger club.
“Everything in life has a price, unfortunately. I don’t think it is a problem we need to consider right now. It is difficult to replace world-class players, but it can be done, as football goes on. Having said that, Pogba is only 21, has a good 10-15 years ahead of him and more importantly has the qualities to do much better than he is now. For now, let’s just enjoy having him. He is destined to become the best player in the world,” said Allegri to Sky Sport Italia.
Since arriving at Juventus in 2012, the 2014 Bravo Award recipient has expanded his game immensely and a large part of it is down to Antonio Conte’s faith in the player. Also, having to train everyday against world-class midfielders like Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal helped Pogba as well. If he wanted to play, he would have to fight these men for time and eventually he gained match experience and understood what he had to do to get better. Following his first season in Italy, when The Old Lady won Serie A, “The Octopus” played for France in the U-20 World Cup. He led them to win the tournament and was given the Golden Ball for his performances.
Pogba then came back to Juventus the following season more confident and scored nine goals in 51 appearances as his side won Serie A again. Currently, the two-time Supercoppa Italiana winner has eight goals in 25 appearances and Juventus seems to be on the way to winning the Scudetto for a third consecutive year. Pirlo believes the youngster has the ability to become a legend.
“Pogba has never stopped improving. He has everything to become a great player. If he keeps his head on his shoulders, he can make history,” said the 2006 World Cup winner to Italian newspaper Telefoot.
Rumors have already been circulating that his former club Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are very interested in signing him but it is basically impossible for it to happen during the January transfer window. Soccer icon Zinedine Zidane believes Pogba will eventually join the 10-time Champions League winners in due time.
“I have not tried to convince Pogba to join Real Madrid because I don’t know him on a personal level. But the best players always go to Madrid in the end,” said Zinedine Zidane to Spanish newspaper AS.
Zidane knows this from experience because Los Blancos purchased him from Juventus in 2001 for €75 million which made him the most expensive player ever at the time. His fellow countryman may follow his path soon and do the same thing.
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