Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is correct in his assertion that Paul Pogba can go on to be the best midfielder in world football.
The Frenchman, who signed a new contract with the Old Lady last month, scored twice to fire the Italian giants to a 3-0 win over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening.
And at the tender age of just 21-years-old, his early years in the sport have shown he can go on to be the greatest midfielder on the globe in the colours of both club and country.
It is common knowledge that Pogba was once at Manchester United, and in the eyes of many Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to allow him to leave the club was one of the Scot’s biggest mistakes.
The player himself had grown disillusioned to life at the club, and was notoriously forced to sit on the substitutes bench and watch a midfield partnership of Park Ji-Sung and Rafael Da Silva get given a run-around by an average Blackburn Rovers back in 2011.
It was then that he decided to leave, and Ferguson allowed him to join the disturbing trend of United youngsters departing after the fellow exits of Ravel Morrison and Ezekiel Friers.
He had been linked with a return regularly during David Moyes’ ill-fated reign at the club, but Louis Van Gaal is said to be more interested in securing a move for his teammate Arturo Vidal.
Since moving to Turin in the summer of 2012, he has helped the club to two consecutive league titles under former manager Antonio Conte.
He has become a regular fixture alongside the likes of Vidal and Andrea Pirlo, and his performances at the World Cup in Brazil in the summer saw him voted as Young Player of the Tournament.
His bruising, powerful style of play has drawn inevitable comparisons with Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, but the youngster has already shown he may be able to eclipse even the wonderful Ivorian’s achievements over time.
That the club managed to tie him down for the foreseeable future was a fantastic move from Allegri, and would have come as a bitter blow to the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain who were chasing his signature at the time.
Juventus have not lifted the Champions League since 1996, and the midfielder should stay in order to change that before then moving on to pastures new.
Conte’s departure had expected to spell the end of the club’s recent domestic dominance, but with Carlos Tevez continuing to impress Allegri’s reign has started typically emphatically.
Pogba is a player with the world at his feet. He has the potential to etch his name into the history books and one day be a recipient of the prestigious Ballon D’Or award.
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