Paul Pogba left Manchester United to become the world's best player, according to Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Ferdinand, who was speaking on BT Sport ahead of Manchester City's clash with Juventus, revealed that Pogba told him of his desire to play regularly in pursuit of becoming the best player in the world.
Unsurprisingly, the Manchester United hero believes Sir Alex Ferguson made a mistake with the French international, claiming that his former boss 'would say the same thing'.
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Ferdinand has also insisted that Pogba, who was outstanding at the Etihad as Juventus secured a 2-1 win in Manchester last night, can go on to win the Ballon d'Or.
Ferdinand stated: "Potentially, Pogba can be a Ballon d'Or winner.
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"I asked him. Why are you going? Where are you going? You're going to Juventus. That's not as good a league as the Premier League. You're at Manchester United. Where are you going? What are you doing?
"He looked at me deadpan and went: I want to be the best player in the world and I'm not playing. I want to go and play."
Ferdinand certainly believes Pogba has the personality to go on to become one of the leading players in world football over the coming years.
When asked whether Ferguson made a mistake with Pogba, Ferdinand responded by saying: "I do, but that's with hindsight. Sir Alex Ferguson would say the same thing.
"I think he has the personality to be the best. I think Pogba really will go on to be the best player in the world in the next three or four years. He's got that personality. That desire to be the best player.
"The way he trains, the way he looks at his game. He believes in himself like not many other players I've seen."
Ferdinand is right
Despite being recognised as one of the leading young midfielders in world football, Pogba is by no means the finished article. However, as he continues to go from strength-to-strength in the game, his attributes have to be admired. At just 22-years-old, he is already proving his credentials week in, week out in Turin.
He certainly appears to be destined for the top, so perhaps we will see him securing the Ballon d'Or award at some stage in his career. It's going to take some time for the Manchester United faithful to get over the departure of Pogba.
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