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Name
Paul Pogba
Full name
Paul Pogba
Date of birth
15 March 1993 (age 27)
Birth country
France
Birth place
Langny-sur-Marne
Nationality
France
Height
191 cm
Weight
84 kg
Position
Midfielder
Current team
Current transfer fee
€ 90.000.000 / Max € 90.000.000
Immediate family
Father Fasou Anthony Pogba, mother Yeo Moriba, brothers: Florentin Pogba, Mathias Pogba ( See Biography )
Family
girlfriend Maria Salaues ( See Family info )

Biography and family

Biography

Paul Pogba is a French footballer who plays for the national French team and the ‘English Premier League’ club ‘Manchester United.’ Back in 2016, when he made his return to ‘Manchester United,’ Paul became the most expensive footballer in the world. He began his professional football career with ‘Manchester United’ in 2011 and was loaned to the Italian club ‘Juventus’ the very next year. His roaring performance had his team embarking on a winning streak with four consecutive ‘Serie A’ titles, two ‘Supercoppa Italiana,’ and two ‘Coppola Italia.’ His consistently brilliant performance made him the most promising young football player, and in 2013, he was honored with the ‘Golden Boy’ award. He was included in the 2015 ‘UEFA Team of the Year,’ as he played a decisive role in ensuring his team ended up as the runner-up in the 2015 ‘UEFA Champions League.’ In 2013, he led his national French football team to the title win in the ‘FIFA Under-20 World Cup.’ He also went home with the ‘Best Player’ award at the end of the tournament. In the 2014 ‘FIFA World Cup,’ he was named the ‘Best Young Player’ of the tournament.

Childhood & Early Life

Paul Pogba was born on March 15, 1993, in Lagny-sur-Marne, France, to Fassou Antoine and Yeo Moriba. His parents were Guinean Muslims and lived in Conakry, Guinea, before Paul was born. Tired of poverty, the family moved to France for a better and fulfilling life. His was one of the thousands of African families that moved to Europe during the African refugee crisis in the early 1990s.
He had two elder brothers, who did not move to France with their parents and decided to stay back in Guinea for the first few years. However, they joined the family eventually. Paul’s father was a distant man and never really gave enough attention to what his son did or intended to do in his life. While in school, Paul became passionate about football and decided to build a career in the sport. Soon, all three brothers became addicted to the game while their mother supported them. At the age of 6, Paul joined his very first football club, in form of ‘US Roissy-en-Brie,’ which was a few miles away from his home. Under their efficient guidance, Paul’s techniques improved significantly, and in the next seven years, he emerged as a highly competitive young player. He soon joined the club ‘US Torcy’ and played in their ‘Under-13’ team as the captain, before finally joining the prestigious ‘Le Havre’ club. Playing for ‘Le Havre’ made him visible to a lot of clubs that wished to acquire him. Both of his brothers also remained active footballers and presently play for different European clubs. In a surprising turn of events, Paul joined ‘Manchester United’ in 2009. ‘Le Havre’ was miffed and threatened to charge ‘Manchester United’ with bribery, to compel Paul to end his contract with them. However, Paul and ‘Manchester United’ were unaffected. Paul joined the youth program of ‘Manchester United’ in 2009 and continued with it until 2011.

Family

Paul Pogba has been in a relationship with African model Dencia. However, the couple faced quite a controversy during their stay at the ‘Lowry Hotel,’ as a few residents complained about the couple engaging in “very noise sex.” ‘The Sun’ further sensationalized the story, while Paul’s agent denied it completely. Paul attended the 2017 ‘MTV Europe Music Awards’ along with his brothers and presented an award to Canadian singer Shawn Mendes. He shared the stage with actress Natalie Dormer. Paul is known for his aggressiveness on the field. His unique hairstyle has been imitated by thousands of his fans across the globe.

Career

Club career

Early career

Pogba began his football career at the age of six playing for US Roissy-en-Brie, a few miles south of his hometown. He spent seven seasons at the club before joining US Torcy, where he served as captain of the club’s under-13 team. After one season with Torcy, Pogba joined professional club Le Havre. In his second season at the club, Pogba captained its under-16 team to the final phase of its domestic league, the Championnat National des 16 ans. Le Havre finished second to Lens in the final group phase, finishing ahead of the likes of Lyon and Nancy. Pogba also established himself as a youth international for his country.

Manchester United

On 31 July 2009, Pogba announced that he was departing Le Havre to join the youth academy of Manchester United in England. The move surprised his parent club, as it allegedly had a “non-solicitation agreement” with Pogba, which was agreed to by not only the player but also his parents in 2006. The agreement, which was in place until the end of the 2009–10 season, allowed Le Havre to sign Pogba to an aspirant (youth) contract once the player met specific age and scholarship requirements. On 1 August, Le Havre released an official statement on its website criticising Manchester United and the Pogba family. Le Havre also announced its intent to ask FIFA to probe the situation. In response to Le Havre’s accusations, Manchester United threatened to sue the club, while Pogba denied he was leaving Le Havre for monetary reasons, which Le Havre President Jean-Pierre Louvel had alleged to be £87,000 and a house. Le Havre was also accused by Pogba’s former club Torcy of using the same tactics it purported Manchester United to have used when the club acquired Pogba from its youth academy. On the same day of Pogba’s announcement to depart for England, Torcy released a press release on its official website criticising Le Havre’s accusations, stating, “We will not use the term ‘steal,’ but the recruiters of Le Havre acted the same way with the club in Torcy.” The club cited Le Havre’s acceptance of allowing Pogba to sign an amateur licence with the club without notifying Torcy as its primary reason why. On 7 October, Manchester United were cleared of wrongdoing by a judge appointed by FIFA, with the declaration that Pogba was not contractually linked to Le Havre. Despite having the option to appeal, on 18 June 2010, Le Havre officials confirmed that the club had reached an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of Pogba. The terms of the agreement were confidential.

Academy and call up to first team

Pogba completed his transfer to Manchester United on 7 October 2009 and made his debut with the club’s under-18 team on 10 October against Crewe Alexandra in a 2–1 defeat. He finished the 2009–10 under-18 campaign with seven goals in 21 appearances. The team finished first in their group, but lost to Arsenal 5–3 on penalties in the play-off semi-finals. In April 2010, Pogba was a part of the under-18 team that successfully defended their title at the Torneo Calcio Memorial Claudio Sassi-Sassuolo in Bologna, Italy. In the 2010–11 season, Pogba remained on the club’s academy team in the Premier Academy League and played with the team during the first three months of the season. In November 2010, he was called up to the club’s reserve team and made his debut on 2 November 2010 in a 3–1 win over Bolton Wanderers. On 10 January 2011, in the FA Youth Cup, Pogba scored a long-range goal, described as a “piledriver,” in the team’s 3–2 victory over Portsmouth. The win allowed the team to progress to the fourth round of the competition. A month later, Pogba scored a similar goal in a 3–2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in the Academy League. On 19 February 2011, Pogba was one of four academy players promoted to the first-team squad by manager Alex Ferguson ahead of Manchester United’s FA Cup fifth round match against Crawley Town, for which he was assigned the number 42 shirt. He continued in the under-18s for the rest of the season, helping the team to a lengthy run in the FA Youth Cup; in the semi-final encounter against Chelsea in the competition, Pogba scored a goal in the first leg, a 3–2 defeat, and provided the assist for the opening goal of the second leg, a 4–0 win. In the final, Manchester United defeated Sheffield United 6–3 on aggregate to win their tenth Youth Cup title; Pogba started and played the entire match in both legs.

2011–12: Limited senior team appearances

Ahead of the start of the 2011–12 season, Ferguson confirmed that Pogba would feature with the senior team during the season, stating, “I mean if we hold Pogba back, what’s going to happen? He’s going to leave. You know, in a couple of years’ time when his contract is going to finish. So we have to give him the opportunity to see how he can do in the first-team and he’s got great ability.” Pogba was promoted to the club’s reserve team permanently for the 2011–12 season and made his first appearance of the season on 15 August 2011 in the team’s opening Premier Reserve League match against Arsenal. On 25 August, in the team’s second league match against Swansea City reserves, Pogba scored the second goal in a 6–0 rout. On 19 September, he was named to the first team to participate in their Football League Cup tie against Leeds United the following day, with Ferguson proclaiming, “I intend to play him [Pogba] against Leeds United.” Pogba appeared as a half-time substitute to make his professional debut as Manchester United won the match 3–0. Pogba made his second appearance against Aldershot Town in the Fourth Round of the League Cup on 25 October 2011. Pogba made his Premier League debut against Stoke City on 31 January 2012, replacing Javier Hernández in the 72nd minute. He made another substitute appearance against West Bromwich Albion on 11 March. Four days later, he made his European debut in the second leg of the team’s UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie against Spanish club Athletic Bilbao; he appeared as a substitute in the 2–1 away defeat, coming on for Michael Carrick in the 63rd minute as Manchester United lost the tie 5–3 on aggregate.

Juventu

2012–13: First Scudetto

On 3 July 2012, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed that Pogba had left the club after not signing a new contract. Ferguson stated that Pogba had signed for Italian club Juventus “a long time ago as far as we’re aware.” Ferguson also accused Pogba of disrespecting Manchester United, saying, “It is disappointing. I don’t think he showed us any respect at all, to be honest. I’m quite happy that if they [footballers] carry on that way, they’re probably better doing it away from us.” On 27 July, Juventus confirmed on their official website that Pogba had undergone a medical at the club, and the transfer was completed on 3 August, when he signed a four-year contract. He made his first appearance for Juventus in a pre-season friendly against Benfica in Geneva on 1 August, coming on as a 78th-minute substitute for Andrea Pirlo. Pogba’s first competitive appearance with Juventus came in the Serie A match against Chievo on 22 September 2012, where he played the full 90 minutes. On 2 October, Pogba made his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League in a 1–1 home draw against Shakhtar Donetsk, and on 20 October, Pogba scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win over Napoli. On 31 October, he started against Bologna and scored the game-winning goal in a 2–1 victory. Pogba also contributed to the opening goal scored by Fabio Quagliarella. The midfielder was subsequently praised for his performance in the match by several Italian media outlets such as la Repubblica, Il Messaggero and La Gazzetta dello Sport. On 5 May 2013, Pogba was sent off in Juventus’ Scudetto-clinching game for spitting towards an opponent after being slapped in the face. On 18 August 2013, Pogba was a key protagonist of Juventus’ 4–0 win over Lazio, the match that won Juventus the 2013 Italian Supercoppa. During the match, Pogba replaced Claudio Marchisio and scored the first goal of the game; he was elected Man of the Match. In December, Pogba was named 2013’s Golden Boy for the best young player in Europe.

2014–16: Domestic dominance and Champions League Final

In January 2014, Pogba was named by The Guardian as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe. On 20 February, Pogba scored his first goal in UEFA club competitions as Juventus defeated Trabzonspor 2–0 at home in the first leg of the round of 32 of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League. On 14 April, Pogba produced an assist in Juventus’s 2–0 win over Udinese, the same team that Pogba scored two magnificent goals against in the previous season. Later that week, Pogba scored the only goal in Juventus’s 1–0 win over Bologna. Pogba was also named the man of the match for his performance. Pogba would prove to be a key player for the club that season, breaking into the starting line-up, and making more appearances (51) for the club than any other player across all competitions that season, also scoring 9 goals. He finished the season by winning his second consecutive Serie A title under manager Antonio Conte, and reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League. On 20 September 2014, under new Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, Pogba contributed to Juventus’s away win against Milan by providing the assist for the only goal of the game, scored by Carlos Tevez. Later that month, on 18 October, Pogba saved Juventus from a defeat against Sassuolo by scoring a decisive equaliser; he was later named Man of the Match. On 24 October, Pogba renewed his contract with Juventus, tying him to the club until 2019. On 4 November, on his 100th appearance with the club, Pogba scored Juventus’s third goal against Olympiacos in the Champions League, helping them to win the match; this was his first ever Champions League goal. On 22 November, he scored his first brace of the season in a 3–0 win against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. On 28 October, Pogba was named as one of the 23 shortlisted candidates for the 2014 Ballon d’Or; at 21, he was the youngest on the list. In 2014, Pogba was awarded the Bravo Award, by the Italian sports magazine Il Guerin Sportivo, which is awarded to the best under-23 player who has participated in European competitions. On 11 January 2015, Pogba helped Juventus secure their first win against Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo in 14 years as he scored a volley that helped Juventus beat Napoli 1–3. On 15 January, he scored his first goal in the Coppa Italia as Juventus defeated Verona 6–1 in the round of 16 of the tournament. On 9 March, Pogba scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory against Sassuolo to put Juventus 11 points clear of Roma at the top of the league table. In the second leg of Juventus’s round of 16 match-up against Borussia Dortmund, Pogba was taken off during the first half after injuring his hamstring, and was later ruled out for two months. He returned to the starting line-up on 9 May, scoring in a 1–1 home draw against Cagliari, as Juventus celebrated winning their fourth consecutive Serie A title since 2012. On 13 May, Pogba set up Álvaro Morata’s equaliser against Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final; the goal allowed Juventus win the tie 3–2 on aggregate to advance to the Champions League Final for the first time in 12 years. On 20 May, Pogba set up Juventus’s first goal as they defeated Lazio 2–1 at the Stadio Olimpico in the 2015 Coppa Italia Final. On 6 June 2015, Pogba started for Juventus in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final as the club were defeated 3–1 by Barcelona at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. On 15 July 2015, Pogba was named to the ten-man shortlist for the 2015 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. For the 2015–16 season, he was awarded the prestigious number-10 shirt, following Carlos Tevez’s departure, which had previously been worn by Alessandro Del Piero, Roberto Baggio and Michel Platini. On 8 August, he assisted a goal in Juventus’s 2–0 win over Lazio in the 2015 Supercoppa Italiana. On 12 August, it was announced that he placed tenth in the 2015 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. On 31 October, Pogba made his 100th Serie A appearance in a 2–1 home win over Torino in the Turin Derby, also scoring Juventus’s opening goal from a half-volley from outside the area. On 24 November, Pogba was nominated for the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year, later being named to the team on 8 January 2016. Three days later he was named to the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI. Pogba excelled in his team’s new creative position, which saw him gain more time on the ball, and played a key role in helping Juventus to the league title, scoring a joint personal best of 8 goals in Serie A, while also finishing the league season as the top assist provider in Serie A, with a personal record of 12 assists, alongside Miralem Pjanić.

Return to Manchester United

2016–18: Europa League win and fluctuating form

On 8 August 2016, Pogba returned to former club, Manchester United, on a five-year contract for a then-record for highest football transfer fee at €105 million (£89.3 million) plus bonuses of €5 million, surpassing the former record holder Gareth Bale. Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, received a reported €27 million from Juventus when he re-joined Manchester United; Juventus disclosed the fee as an auxiliary expense, for €26.154 million. The Football Association announced that Pogba would be suspended for Manchester United’s opening Premier League fixture of the 2016–17 season against Bournemouth, due to two yellow cards he had accumulated in the previous season’s edition of the Coppa Italia with Juventus. On 19 August, he made his first appearance since returning to the club in a 2–0 home victory over Southampton in the Premier League. After the 2–1 defeat at home in the first Manchester derby of the season on 10 September, Pogba was criticised for his lack of discipline in positioning by pundit Jamie Carragher. Pogba, however, soon recovered to form and scored his first Premier League goal for United with a header against defending champions Leicester City in a 4–1 home win on 24 September. He then scored twice, once from the penalty spot and then with a strike from distance, in a Europa League tie against Fenerbahçe on 20 October. Manager José Mourinho defended Pogba after the game, criticising football’s “Einsteins” for being too quick to judge the player. In January 2017, Pogba scored in a 2–1 away defeat to Hull City in the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final, which allowed Manchester United to advance to the final 3–2 on aggregate. On 24 May 2017, Pogba scored in the 18th minute of the Europa League final against Dutch club AFC Ajax, which proved to be the game-winning goal as Manchester United defeated Ajax 2–0 to win United’s first continental trophy in nine years. Manchester United finished the 2016–17 Premier League season in sixth place, with Pogba being involved in 30 games, scoring five goals and providing four assists. Pogba scored the fourth goal in a 4–0 victory over West Ham United on the opening weekend of the 2017–18 Premier League season. During a 3–0 defeat of Basel during the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage, Pogba tore his left hamstring and was expected to miss eight matches. He returned to action on 18 November in a 4–1 win over Newcastle United, assisting Anthony Martial with a cross from the flank and scored United’s third goal. In his first game of 2018, on 1 January, Pogba provided assists for both goals as Manchester United defeated Everton 2–0. Throughout the next few months, Pogba was again the subject of criticism regarding a lack of discipline and for not fulfilling his defensive duties. He was absent from several pivotal games in favour of Scott McTominay, including Manchester United’s 2–1 victory over rivals Liverpool and was only used as a late substitution as his side were eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16 by Sevilla in March. The day before the Manchester derby, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claimed that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, had offered Pogba to play for his side, which Raiola denied. In the derby at Etihad Stadium on 7 April, Pogba scored two goals in quick succession as Manchester United came back to defeat their rivals 3–2 after conceding two goals in the first half. The victory also prevented Manchester City from securing the Premier League title against them, which they later did as Manchester United finished the season as runners-up. In the 2018 FA Cup Final against Chelsea, his side were defeated 1–0, with Pogba squandering a chance to equalise with a header in the penalty box.

2018–present: Resurgence in form

Due to the absence of team captain Antonio Valencia, Pogba took over temporary captaincy of the club in the opening games of the 2018–19 season. Pogba began the season well in the first few weeks, scoring four goals as the new designated penalty taker. However following a series of disappointing results, Mourinho announced that Pogba would not captain the team again. In late September, Pogba and Mourinho were filmed having a confrontation during a training session, despite Mourinho’s assertion that there was “no problem” between the two. Despite this, Pogba continued to play in the starting eleven and scored in United’s 2-1 victory over Everton. However, following a spell of poor form and strained relationship with Mourinho, Pogba found himself benched and linked with an exit from Manchester United during the January transfer season. Continuing tentions between Pogba and Mourinho saw him branded a “virus” who influenced United’s bad form by the manager. Pogba continued to be benched throughout the next few games up until and including United’s match against Liverpool where Manchester United lost 3–1. Shortly after this match however Mourinho was sacked as Manchester United manager, and Ole Gunnar Solskjær was appointed as the caretaker manager one day later. Under new manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Pogba saw a revival in his form as he scored twice consecutively against Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth. In January 2019, Pogba assisted Marcus Rashford’s game-winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur, with consecutive goals in the following matches against Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley. Pogba then scored a brace in a 3–0 away win over Fulham, and was named man of the match; his two goals brought his seasonal tally to a personal best of 11 league goals and 13 in all competitions. Pogba continued this trend by scoring again in United’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Chelsea where United won 2–0.

National career

Youth

Pogba began his international career for France with the national youth football team and earned caps at all levels for which he was eligible. Prior to his international debut, Pogba was named captain of the under-16 team by coach Guy Ferrier. He made his youth international debut on 23 September 2008 in the team’s opening match of the campaign against Wales in Llanelli. France won the match 4–2. Under Pogba’s leadership, the team recorded impressive victories over Uruguay and Italy in the Tournoi du Val-de-Marne, and defeated the Republic of Ireland by a combined score of 8–2 over the course of two matches. On 31 January 2009, he scored his first youth international goal in the 2009 Aegean Cup Final against Norway. The goal gave France a 1–0 lead and the team won the match 2–1 to win the tournament. He was a part of the team that played at the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship scoring both of his goals with the team at the tournament. He scored the only goal in the team’s 1–0 victory over Portugal in the group stage and netted his second in the team’s 2–1 loss to England in the semi-finals. Following the departure of Ferrier as the team’s youth international coach, Pogba was re-instated as captain at his age level by new coach Pierre Mankowski. Mankowski had previously been the assistant manager of the senior national team under the reign of Raymond Domenech. Pogba made his under-18 debut on 27 October 2010 at the Tournio de Limoges against Greece in a 4–1 victory. On 24 March 2011, Pogba scored his first goal with the team netting the game-winning goal in a 2–1 win over Germany. The goal was scored from over 30 metres (33 yd) out. Pogba made his debut with the under-19 team in its first match of the season against Italy on 6 September 2011. In the match, he assisted on two goals, scored by Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and Anthony Koura, in a 3–1 victory. On 29 February 2012, he scored his first goal for the team in a 2–1 defeat to Spain. In Elite Round qualification for the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Pogba scored the fifth goal in the team’s 6–0 rout of the Netherlands. The victory qualified France for the competition. On 11 June 2012, Pogba was named to the squad to participate in the tournament. In the team’s opening group stage match against Serbia, he converted a penalty in a 3–0 win. France reached the semi-finals where the team faced Spain. In the match, with France trailing 3–2 in extra time, Pogba scored the equalising goal three minutes prior to the match’s completion to send it to penalties. However, despite Pogba converting the opening penalty for France, Les Bleuets were defeated 4–2. Due to the under-19 team’s semi-final appearance in the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, the nation qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which merited under-20 team appearances for Pogba. Similar to the previous two seasons, Pogba was installed as captain by Mankowski and made his under-20 debut in a 0–0 draw against China. In the team’s next match against North Korea, Pogba scored the team’s second goal in a 3–1 win. Pogba was the captain of the team that won France’s first ever FIFA U-20 World Cup. In that tournament held in Turkey, he played every minute of all of France’s matches except for the final group match against Spain, in which he was an unused substitute. He was named the best player of the tournament.

Senior

Early career and 2014 World Cup

On 22 March 2013, Pogba made his debut for the French senior team in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Georgia. He played the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 win. He scored his first international goal against Belarus on 10 September 2013 in a 4–2 victory, once again during a 2014 World Cup qualifier. On 6 June 2014, Pogba was named in France’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 15 June, he started in central midfield in the team’s first World Cup fixture – a 3–0 victory over Honduras – suffering a foul from Wilson Palacios which led to a red card for the Honduran and a penalty kick, which was converted by Karim Benzema to give France the lead. He appeared as a substitute in the team’s second match, assisting a goal for Benzema in a 5–2 victory of Switzerland. In the round of 16, Pogba scored a 79th minute opening goal and was named man of the match by FIFA as Les Bleus defeated Nigeria 2–0 in Brasília. France were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the competition following a 1–0 defeat to eventual champions Germany on 4 July with Pogba giving away the free kick from which the Germans eventually scored. On 13 July 2014, Pogba was named the tournament’s Best Young Player.

Euro 2016

In May 2016, Pogba was named by national side manager Didier Deschamps to France’s 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016, to be played on home soil. Although much was expected of Pogba at the upcoming European Championships, in France’s opening match of the tournament, a 2–1 win over Romania on 10 June, he endured criticism for his perceived negative performance after being played out of position, and was subsequently left on the bench by Deschamps for his nation’s second group match, later coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 win over Albania. In the round of the 16, he was once again the target of media scrutiny for conceding an early penalty against Ireland, prompting former England international Gary Lineker to tweet: “Is Pogba the world’s most overrated player?”; France eventually came from behind to win the match 2–1. In the quarter-final match against Iceland on 3 July, at the Stade de France, Pogba was able to recapture his form, putting on a dominant performance in his new midfield role, as he scored his nation’s second goal of the night from a header following Antoine Griezmann’s corner, which he had previously helped to obtain; he later started the play which led to Griezmann’s goal, as the host nation advanced to the semi-finals of the competition following a 5–2 win. In the semi-final match against Germany four days later, Pogba was once again started in a deep-lying midfield role alongside Blaise Matuidi in a 4–2–3–1 formation; following N’Golo Kanté’s introduction in the second half, he was shifted to a more advanced role, which gave him more tactical freedom, and he subsequently helped to create Griezmann’s second goal of the match, as the hosts defeated the reigning World Cup Champions 2–0 to advance to the final of the tournament, where they suffered a 1–0 extra-time defeat to Portugal.

2018 World Cup victory

On 17 May 2018, Pogba was called up to the France squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. On 16 June 2018, he took the shot that deflected off Aziz Behich and resulted in the winning goal in France’s 2–1 win over Australia in their opening match at the tournament. The goal was initially awarded to Pogba, but the following day FIFA re-awarded it as an own goal to Behich. In the 59th minute of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, Pogba extended France’s lead over Croatia to 3–1 with a strike from the edge of the penalty area after his initial shot had been blocked. France eventually won the World Cup by a score of 4–2.

Awards and achievements

Awards
x 4 Serie A 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
x 2 Coppa Italia 2014–15, 2015–16
x 2 Supercoppa Italiana 2013, 2015
x 1 EFL Cup 2016–17
x 1 UEFA Europa League 2016–17
x 1 FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013
x 1 FIFA World Cup 2018
Achievenements
x 1 UEFA European Under-17 Championship Team of the Tournament 2010
x 1 UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament 2012
x 1 FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Ball 2013
x 1 Golden Boy 2013
x 3 Serie A Team of the Year 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
x 1 FIFA World Cup Best Young Player 2014
x 1 Bravo Award 2014
x 1 UEFA Team of the Year 2015
x 3 FIFA Ballon d'Or/Ballon d'Or 2015 (15th place), 2016 (14th place), 2018 (15th place)
x 1 FIFA FIFPro World XI 2015
x 3 FIFA FIFPro World XI 2nd team 2016, 2017, 2018
x 1 FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team 2014
x 1 ESM Team of the Year 2015–16
x 1 Serie A Top Assist-provider 2015–16
x 1 UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season 2016–17
x 1 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season 2016–17
x 1 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award 2015
x 1 PFA Team of the Year 2018–19 Premier League

Philanthropy, commercial and social activities

Philanthropy

Paul often does charity work. So, for getting into the symbolic team of UEFA 2015, he donated the earned € 100 thousand to the Red Cross. This money will be sent to the rehabilitation of victims of the explosions in Afghanistan. Playing in the 1/8 of the Italian Cup, Pogba came out in a T-shirt with the name Brian and dedicated a goal to this boy. It turns out that it was the 11-year-old young fan of Juventus, suffering from oncology. A little later (from the beginning of Euro 2016), Paul and Mesut Ozil took part in a charity initiative, having financed the necessary operations for 22 seriously ill African children.

Interviews, opinions and scandals

Interviews
What does it mean to you to have this collection with adidas? “Fashion has always been as big a part of my life as football has. Working with adidas I have been able to create something that is personal and unique to my style. It’s been a new and interesting experience so I’m excited to see what people think of the collection. ”
How much creative freedom do you get when working on projects like this? “A lot! The adidas designers gave me the freedom when designing the pieces to really put my own style on the collection. They wanted me to be involved throughout the project so the clothing reflected my personality and I’m really proud of what we created together. ”
What do you like about the new collection and what are your favourite pieces? “I was able to include references to the fashion I love to wear. I love the whole range but my favourite piece is the ‘Paris’ jersey with the camo print. ”
How important is creativity to you, on and off the pitch? “Creativity is a huge part of my game as a player, it helps open doors which others don’t see. We’re lucky at United to have lots of players with great creativity, which pushes me to be better and helps me improve as well. Off the pitch, I like to be creative with my style. I like to try new looks and new haircuts, it’s part of who I am. I try to not take myself too seriously and just have fun when I’m not playing. Music is a huge passion of mine and that’s one of the most creative industries in the world, so I take a lot of inspiration from that too.”
This new collection inspired by music, tell me about the sounds you're enjoying right now. “There’s a lot good music out right now, but Drake, Travis Scott, Future are ones who are always on my playlist. Being in Manchester I’m listening to more UK grime, people like Stormzy and Mist...yeah, they’re cool.”
Tell me about the story behind the video for 'Outlet' you worked on with Desiigner? “Working on the video with Desiigner was a lot of fun and a really cool experience. He came over to Old Trafford to film with me and we ran wild! It was cool to bring a musician into my world and let them see where I work but it was cool for me to see how he works. He’s got a lot of energy just naturally but when it comes to his work he takes it to that next level! ”
Birmingham rapper Mist has also been doing some work with Manchester United and adidas recently. What do you think of his work? “I’m a big fan! Grime generally is one of my favourite genres at the moment and Mist is killing it right now.”
Why do you think so many rappers – from Stormzy to Desiigner – have wanted to work with you in the past year or so? “You’d have to ask them! No, it’s always an honour to get the opportunity to work with such talented people in music and other industries. Playing for a huge club like Manchester United certainly helps because it reaches out all over the world to all kinds of people. I’d also like to think that these artists recognise the same creativity in my game and my style that they bring to their fields.”
Scandals

Paul Pogba has appeared alongside UK grime artist Stormzy in a new adidas video, following his world record-breaking $121.8 million transfer from Juventus to Manchester United. The clip, which features Stormzy spitting bars from his track “Nigo Duppy” in a Manchester United shirt and Pogba pulling out his very best dance moves, was accidentally leaked by the rapper yesterday afternoon. The video was hurriedly pulled from Stormzy’s Facebook page after it came to light that the transfer had yet to be completed officially. But of course, the video was copied and shared across the web forcing adidas to release the official version shortly afterwards.
Aug 9, 2016