- Paul Pogba
- 1,91 m
- Current Team
- Man Utd
- Premier League
- March 15, 1993
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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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey. A prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga (419), a La Liga and European league season (50), most hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League (8), and most assists in La Liga (169) and the Copa América (12). He has scored 698 senior career goals for club and country.