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Paul Pogba's Ballon d'Or dream

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The ambition of Paul Pogba has never been in question, this was abundantly clear when at 18 years old he questioned the authority of renowned disciplinarian Sir Alex Ferguson. 

The gifted Lagny-sur-Marne native has experienced an efficacious summer, one which has seen him crowned a World Cup winner as captain of the France under-20 side that won the tournament for the first time in their history.

Exceptional showings of leadership and adroit performances also earned the precocious powerhouse best player. 

With such beguiling play, it was inevitable that he would soon captivate the interest of Europe's leading clubs.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti discreetly approached Juventus over the summer about purchasing the player but the Old Lady vehemently rejected the proposal and abandoned talks with Los Merengues.

Towards the end of the transfer window Pogba was heavily linked with English side Arsenal who were keen to introduce a big money signing to their wanting fan base. 

The Frenchman has quelled speculation linking him with a move by affirming his loyalty to the Turin-based club And has recently stated his desire to one day be named as the winner of European football's most coveted individual honour the Ballon d'Or. 

"I won the World Cup and was named the best player and it was all beautiful," 

"But I do not feel like king of the world," Pogba told French newspaper L'Equipe.

"I will not stop there, because I have not won the Ballon d'Or." 

Towering at 6 ft 3 and weighing 80 kilograms the 20 year old's physicality cannot be underestimated and this becomes even more potent when mixed with his technical abilities.

The last Les Bleus players with similar traits akin to the former Manchester United product were Patrick Vieira and Claude Makelele.

With Antonio Conte's meticulous attention to detail and the influence of masterful Italian technician Andrea Pirlo, Pogba is in a very promising situation, one that gives him the utmost chance to succeed and flourish in realising his dream. 

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