Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that he and his Juventus team-mates could not believe how good Paul Pogba was when the midfielder arrived for his first training session at the club.
Pogba, then 19, allowed his Manchester United contract to expire and joined Juventus on a free contract. A dispute had arisen between the player and Sir Alex Ferguson, who would not grant him the playing time Pogba believed he warranted.
Manchester United fans do not need reminded of what happened next. Pogba went from strength to strength in Turin and is now considered one of the best midfielders in the world. Still only 22-years-old, the France international has been tipped to become a legendary star for club and country.
It has left many, including Buffon, questioning exactly what Ferguson was thinking when he allowed Pogba to walk out of Old Trafford. The Italian goalkeeper, himself a legend of the game, thinks the Manchester United decision makers need new glasses.
He told The Express: "I have been in football many years, but the decision of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United to not play Pogba and let him leave is one of the strangest decisions I have ever seen.
'Similar to Messi and Ronaldo'
"Just after a few training sessions we saw how good he was, it cannot have been the same player they saw in Manchester – we thought they may be needed glasses.
"I have never seen a player who is so good at his age, he is so strong, so technically gifted, has exceptional all-round play.
"Pogba can do things only Pogba can, similar to Messi and Ronaldo. United let one of the top players in the world leave, but that has only been good news for us."
To add insult to injury, Pogba is set to make Juventus a small fortune this summer with a host of clubs tipped to offer world record deals to sign him.
Even if the eventually transfer fee does not surpass the £86m set by Bale, the money will still be large enough to allow Juventus to invest in several other areas of their squad.
Buffon chose not to enter the debate as to whether Pogba will stay or go, or where his eventually destination will be. One clubs United fans will be desperate to see fail is their noisy neighbours, Man City.
"Of course he will be linked with the teams with big money like Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG and City but at the moment he is achieving dreams at Juventus," added Buffon.
"If any team wanted to buy him I would feel sure that they would have to break the world-record fee.
"It is not up to me to speak about his future, only he can decide that. What I can say is he is very happy at Juventus - we see that every day."
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