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Meet Paul Pogba – France‘s World Cup Winning Midfield Maestro

Full Name Paul Labile Pogba
Age 30 years
Birthday March 15, 1993
Born Lagny-sur-Marne, France
Nationality French
Height 6′ 3′′
Playing Position Central Midfielder
Current Team Juventus
Number 10
Social Media Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

As a longtime fan who has followed Paul Pogba‘s career from the beginning, it has been an absolute joy watching him blossom into one of the best midfielders in the world today. His unique blend of physical dominance, technical brilliance, and infectious charisma make him a global superstar on and off the field. Let‘s dive deeper into the life and career of this phenomenal French footballer.

Early Life and Career

Born to Guinean parents in Lagny-sur-Marne, France, Pogba joined his first football club at age six before spending seven seasons developing his skills at US Torcy. At just 16 years old in 2009, his prodigious talent was already being recognized when he joined Manchester United‘s prestigious youth academy.

Pogba made his senior debut for United in 2011, becoming one of their youngest ever debutants. But after making only 7 appearances in his first season, frustrated with his lack of playing time, he declined a contract extension and signed with Italian giants Juventus as a free agent in 2012 – a decision that paid off tremendously.

Reign of Dominance at Juventus

Pogba immediately became a key figure for Juventus upon arriving in Italy. Still a teenager, his consistent world-class performances as a box-to-box midfielder helped the club win four consecutive Serie A titles during his time there. He also reached the 2015 Champions League final with Juve.

His outstanding play was recognized as he won the prestigious Golden Boy award in 2013, given to the best young player in Europe under 21. In 2015, he was named to the Serie A Team of the Year. It was apparent to all fans who watched him week in and week out that Pogba was destined for greatness.

Return to Stardom at Manchester United

In 2016, Manchester United came calling again – this time ready to break the bank to get Pogba back. They paid a world-record transfer fee of £89.3 million to sign him, demonstrating his elite status in world football. This record would only be broken two years later when Neymar moved to PSG.

Pogba took the Premier League by storm in his second spell at Old Trafford. He quickly became a fan favorite and global sensation again, leading United to League Cup and Europa League titles in 2017. His inspired performances earned him selection to the PFA Team of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

World Cup Heroics for France

On the international stage, Pogba has also excelled for his national side. He made his international debut for France in 2013 and was instrumental in their 2018 World Cup winning campaign, scoring in the final against Croatia to help France lift the trophy.

Pogba‘s standout performances earned him a place in the FIFA World Cup Team of the Tournament. He also helped France reach the Euro 2016 final on home soil, where they finished runners-up to Portugal.

"Pogba is a complete midfielder – he has absolutely everything you need to be a world-class player." – Zinedine Zidane

Playing Style and Influences

Standing at 6‘3" tall with an imposing frame, Pogba couples excellent technical skills with sheer physical dominance. His signature burst forward runs from midfield strike fear into defenders, while his feathery touch and dribbling ability allow him to breeze past opponents in tight spaces.

Pogba credits legendary French midfielders Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Viera as major influences on his playing style growing up. He has often been compared to Zidane – no small praise for a player many regard among the greatest ever.

Generous Charity and Philanthropy

Off the pitch, Pogba has an enormous heart and generously gives back to the community through charity work:

  • Auctioning signed merchandise and experiences to raise funds for worthy causes
  • Promoting child education in developing countries as an ambassador for Save The Children
  • Partnering with the Red Cross France to provide clean water access in Guinea
  • Launching the "48 H POGBA" project to fund surgeries for sick children

Business Ventures and Sponsorships

According to Forbes, Pogba has an estimated net worth of around $125 million. Some of his major sponsorship deals include Adidas, Pepsi, Cuor Di Leone, and Electronic Arts.

Seeking new challenges off the field, in 2022 Pogba launched his own cryptocurrency called ‘$POGBA‘ in partnership with Global Crypto Exchange. This demonstrates his interest in pursuing business and investment opportunities beyond football.

The Future is Bright

Even at 30 years old, Pogba likely still has his best years ahead of him. Any trophies Juventus win in the next few seasons will have Pogba‘s imprint all over them. His focus may now shift to winning the one major honor missing from his illustrious career – the UEFA Champions League.

As a devout fan, it has been an absolute privilege watching this world-class talent develop into one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. With his relentless work ethic and competitive fire, there is no limit to what Pogba can accomplish. His skill, leadership, and passion for the game will certainly make him one of France‘s greatest football legends for years to come.