Paul Labil Pogba
Paul Labil Pogba. Born March 15, 1993 in Lagny-sur-Marne (France). French footballer of Guinean origin. Central midfielder. In August 2016, he became the most expensive player in history: his transfer to Manchester United cost the English club 105 million euros. Paul Labil Pogba was born on March 15, 1993 in the small French town of Lagny-sur-Marne (a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris). Parents are from Guinea. He has two older twin brothers, both are football players too. The eldest of them, Florentin, stands for the French “Saint-Etienne” and the middle one, Mathias, is a player of the Scottish club “Partick Thistle”. He started playing football at the age of 6 at the school of the Roissy-en-Brie club, located a couple of miles from his hometown. Having played there for seven seasons, he joined the “Torcy”, where he spent one season, and he played as a captain. Later, he was noticed by scouts of the Le Havre club, and in 2007 Pogba moved to this club. His performances for the youth teams “Le Havre” attracted the attention of the leading European teams – the English “Arsenal” and “Liverpool”, as well as the Italian club “Juventus”.
Paul Pogba to Manchester United
On October 6, 2009, the Pogba transfer to Manchester United was officially agreed. For the first time, Paul played for United in a youth team match (under 18) against Crewe Alexander. The debut for the young Frenchman was not very successful: his team lost 2-1. In November 2010, Pogba received a call to the reserve team of the club, for which he debuted on November 2, 2010 a match against Bolton Wanderers, which ended in a victory for the Manchester club with a score of 3: 1. Since then, Paul has successfully acted as part of the United Academy, taking to the pitch from the very first minutes and often scoring goals. On February 19, 2011, Pogba and 3 other club academy players were included by the head coach of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, in the application for the 5th round match of the FA Cup against Crawley Town. Before the game, Paul received a t-shirt with the number “42”. In this match, he never went on the field, having spent the whole game on the bench. His debut in the main United squad took place on September 20, 2011 in the Football League Cup match against Leeds United, in which Pogba replaced Ryan Giggs in the second half. On October 25, Paul played his second game for United in the 4th round match of the Football League Cup against Aldershot Town. On January 31, 2012, Paul made his debut for United in the Premier League in a match against Stoke City, replacing Javier Hernandez. March 11 Pogba held his second Premier League match, replacing Paul Scholes in the game against West Bromwich Albion. On 3 July 2012, Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson said that Pogba is no longer a Red Devils player due to the expiration of his contract and the reluctance to sign a new agreement with the club.
Paul Pogba at Juventus (2012–2016)
On July 27, 2012, Paul underwent a medical examination at Juventus, and on August 3, Pogba signed a four-year contract with Juventus. The Frenchman made his debut for the new club before signing the contract, on August 1, in a friendly game against Benfica, replacing Andrea Pirlo in the 78th minute. In official matches for Juventus, Paul made his debut in a Serie A match against Chievo. October 20, 2012, coming on as a substitute in the game against Napoli, the Frenchman scored his first goal for bianconeri – the match ended in a victory for Juve with a score 2: 0. For the first time in his life, Pogba scored a “double” on January 19, 2013, scoring two spectacular goals against Udinese at home: one he scored at the end of the first half, breaking from about 30 meters under the crossbar, the other in the middle of the second, with a billiard strike 23 meters ideally accurately sending the ball to the far corner. March 10, 2013 Pogba again distinguished himself, giving an elegant assist on Emanuele Giacherini in the match with “Catania”. Pogba became the second player in Juventus history to score 5 or more goals in Serie A at the age of 19 (the first was Alessandro Del Piero). In the 2014/15 season, Pogba became one of the best players of Juve, performing effective actions in almost every match. In the course of the season, rumors of Pogba’s transition to various European clubs appeared. Before the start of the new season, the midfielder received the 10th number, which previously belonged to Alessandro Del Piero and Carlos Tevez.
On August 7, 2016, the official website of Manchester United reported that Paul Pogba received permission to undergo a medical examination at the club to complete his transfer from Juventus. Two days later, it was announced that Pogba had signed a five-year contract with Manchester United. The transfer amount was 105 million euros (89 million pounds sterling), which is a world record.
Paul Pogba in the French team.
In the international arena, Pogba represented the French team at all levels, starting with the French team up to 16 years old and up to the national team up to 20 years old. Together with the junior national team under the age of 19, he acted as a captain at the 2012 European Championships, held in Estonia, taking 3rd place in the tournament and scoring 2 goals in 4 championship games played. As part of the first French team, Pogba took part in the World Championship, becoming an important figure in Deschamps team, and was recognized as the best young player in the tournament. He joined the French team at the home European Championship 2016, where he was the team’s main midfielder. In the quarterfinals against the national team of Iceland, Paul scored the ball with his head after a corner by Antoine Griezmann.
“There are no young and old players in football. There are experienced and inexperienced. I am still young, but already experienced. In any case, I always play at the maximum, I give everything myself. In the first place is the team: everything I do, I do for her, “says Pogba. “I work not to be loved – but to become the best. I am proud, but not jealous or envious … I have a problem: I hate to lose. I want to be original, do something else no one wanted. Therefore, I work diligently to become perfect. Victory brings me happiness, “says the footballer about himself. He does not hide his ambitions, he wants to become a football legend: “Like Pele or Maradona. No, even cooler.” About my hairstyle: “People look at it, but I’m not an exhibit to be looked at. I do it all for myself. Even when I was a child, I had an unusual hairstyle. If football were without spectators, I would be absolutely the same “. About the value of money in his life: “Money comes and goes. I will lie if I say that they are not important. But, as for me, this is the result of hard work. The stronger you are, the more money you earn.”