Juventus and France star Paul Pogba could become the Muhammad Ali of football, according to Tuttosport journalist Massimo Franchi.
The Italian journalist met the 20-year-old midfielder, who explained that if he could meet anyone in the world, it would be the most iconic sportsman of all time: the legendary boxer Ali.
Franchi, who wrote up the interview in France Football, believes that Pogba could have a similar impact in football to what Ali had in boxing.
"Last December, during an interview, I asked him who he would like to meet. His response left me speechless: Muhammad Ali,” Franchi was quoted as writing by Le 10 Sport.
“He was only twenty years old, but he became interested in boxing, the man, including his father talked a lot about him. For me, Pogba has the potential to be an Ali of Football.”
High praise indeed for the gifted midfielder who is on the radar of several European giants, including Manchester United.
However, it seems unlikely that Pogba would agree to join the Red Devils, considering he left the club in 2012 in order to play regular first-team football.
Manchester United have regretted the fact that Pogba decided to quit Old Trafford ever since. How the Premier League champions could do with someone of his considerable quality right now.
Pogba has cemented his reputation as the best young player in world football, and deservedly picked up the coveted Golden Boy award for his superb performances for club and country last year.