Paul Pogba – Player Profile

Paul Labile Pogba is one of the star icons of the modern game and one of the leading midfielder in the world alongside Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, David Silva, Mesut Ozil, Kevin de Bruyne.

Early life

Pogba was born in Lagny-sur-Marne, which is a suburb of Paris and is one of three brothers, all of whom play football. Pogba plays for France national team whereas his brothers – Florentin and Mathias – plays for Guinea football team.

Club career

Pogba started his football career at the age of just six, when he started playing for a team called US Roissy-en-Brie. His first big career move came in 2009 as he joined English giants Manchester United from Le Havre.
However, that move did not go down well in his career as he had to leave the Red Devils after three years, having made only three senior team appearances.

Breakthrough Season

His departure from United kick started his career as he joined Italian giants Juventus in the 2012-13 season.
But it took him two more seasons to establish himself as the player who can play in a star-studded midfield of Juventus as he finally managed to play more than 10 league matches – which was the first instance in his career.

In that season, Pogba showed his class in the middle of the park as he scored seven goals and provided seven assists in the league.
In the season to follow, Pogba struggled with injuries and only managed to represent the Turin giants in 26 matches, where he scored eight goals and provided three assists.

The 2015-16 season was by far the best for Pogba in his club football career, as he produced an inspirational performance for the Seria A giants by scoring eight times and providing 12 assists in 35 league appearances.
Such performances increased rumors of Pogba’s departure from Turin as numerous European giants – Real Madrid, Barcelona and others – were in for then the 22-year-old, but he ended up re-joining United in world-record transfer fee of £105 million.

Career for Manchester United

In England, Pogba had two difficult seasons for Manchester United (the Red Devils) as he only managed to score just 11 goals and provided 14 assists in the 57 league appearances. His best performance for his present club came in the match against Manchester City last season when he helped his side in overcoming a two-goal deficit in a famous 3-2 win by scoring a brace himself.

International Career

Pogba played for France at all level and was the captain of the U16 side which was coached by Guy Ferrier. He also played for Les Bleus in the 2010 U17 European Championship, whereas he made his U19 debut against Italy in September 2011.
At the senior level, Pogba made his debut on March 22, 2013 in the match against Georgia, but had to wait for nearly six months to score his first goal for France, which came in a 4-2 win against Belarus at Central Stadium, Gomel.

Till now, the 25-year-old has scored 10 goals for the national side at the senior level in 60 appearances.
Pogba has also represented Les Bleus in three major tournaments, the most of recent of which was 2018 FIFA World Cup, in which he helped his side in winning the title for the first time in two decades.