Paul Pogba pays tribute to Pele on his 75th birthday weekend

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Eagle-eyed fans of Serie A would have noticed what looked to be a '+5' on the back of Paul Pogba's shirt during Juventus' 2-0 win over Atalanta. Nobody was quite sure why the French midfielder had scribbled the digits on his top either.

Some had suggested it was a message for the Old Lady's hierarchy that he wanted the number six shirt back. The 22-year-old took the number ten over the summer after it was vacated by Andrea Pirlo, but the famous top comes with its own pressure.

While others claimed it was a message to the fourth official, you know, given Italian football's colourful history with dictating the outcome of matches.


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In fact, it was the former Manchester United man's personal way of wishing a happy 75th birthday to Brazilian legend Pele. Of course, the plus was actually a seven.

Pele celebrated his birthday on Friday and the footballing world came together to admire on of it's most decorated players.

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The three-time World Cup winner was part of the famous 'globetrotting' Santos team of the 60s and 70s. 

He ended his fabulous career in 1977 having scored 77 goals in 91 games for Brazil along with over 600 official goals for Santos. His unofficial record would have taken him past 1000 strikes in his playing days.

It's a crying shame that Pele never tried his arm in European football, but the Santos side of the 'Golden Era' were so dominant, he never had to leave. 

Pogba was able to help Juventus to victory over Atalanta, but could not cap his performance with a goal as his penalty was saved by Marco Sportiello.

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