Pogba Names 7 Players He Looked Up To While Growing Up
Manchester United's Paul Pogba Names 7 Players He Looked Up To While Growing Up
Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba has named seven players he looked up to while growing up, and one of them was FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
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The 25-year-old grew up in a small suburb in Paris called Lagny-Sur-Marne, and began his football career at US Torcy Jugend before moving to Le Havre. He later moved to England where he signed for Manchester United, and in 2012, the midfielder left for Serie A giants Juventus, before returning to the Red Devils four years later.
The France international, who has struggled for form in his second season at Old Trafford, recently explained that he has always admired Messi's ability, and also named six other footballers who inspired him.
"Messi and football are two things that go together," Pogba told TyC Sports.
"I enjoy watching him, he does things that nobody does. He has a stature that nobody has, something special for him, everything is special. He's a player who has football inside him, who feels it, it's incredible.
"When I was little, I looked at (Zinedine) Zidane, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Messi. I had videos of (Diego) Maradona, Pele, Kaka, of many players. I wanted to have all the virtues that those players had.
With most of the players he used to look up to no longer playing, he was asked if there are any recent footballers he enjoys watching.
"Now, I look more at players like (Andres) Iniesta, Yaya Toure, also (Kevin) De Bruyne, who is young, (Luka) Modric, who is a very strong midfielder."
Pogba has made 27 appearances for the Red Devils this season, scoring three goals and assisting a further 10 strikes.
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