Paul Pogba is a star in the making and he has received some advice from the best in the business.
The Frenchman has revealed that Lionel Messi offered him some words of wisdom at last month’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich, in which Messi received the award for the world’s best player.
Pogba is on a mission to emulate Messi’s feats and admitted that he isn’t a star at the minute.
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According to Sport, Pogba is determined to join Messi at Barcelona and there certainly wouldn’t be any awkward introductions after their talk at the Ballon dOr.
As reported by ESPN FC, Pogba told Telefoot: “He really touched me because he came to me himself. I’m the youngest and, out of respect, it should have been me that went to him, but he saw me and he came over.
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“We talked and he’s really a good guy. He gave me some advice… that’s all.”
I'm nothing for the moment
Pogba was named in the FIFA team of the year and admitted that his placing in a team that includes Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Andres Iniesta is a source of motivation.
He continued: “I didn’t think I’d get there so soon but it’s what I wanted.
“It’s a motivation for me. I’m not going to get a big head. I’ve done nothing in football.
“I haven’t won the Champions League - I’ve won the Scudetto but I’m nothing for the moment.
“I still have to develop, to learn. I’m going to try and do things that few in the world have done… try to win the Champions League, try to win the Euros.
“I don’t like resting on my laurels… I always want more.”
Pogba would certainly realise his dreams at the Camp Nou. The 22-year-old was on the receiving end of a 3-1 loss to Barcelona in last season’s Champions League final as the Catalan giants wrapped up the treble.
It’s tough to see Barcelona’s period of dominance ending anytime soon.
Pogba would be the perfect replacement for Iniesta as Barcelona seek to usher in new players who can continue their reign of supremacy.
Most of those players will likely be promoted from Barcelona’s youth teams but Pogba would be worth the price tag, which could exceed £100 million.
Plenty of suitors
The midfielder has emerged as one of the finest young footballers and, according to Sport, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also interested in his services.
Having played at Old Trafford (albeit briefly) and Juventus Stadium, the bright lights of the Camp Nou would certainly not faze a player who belongs on the biggest stages.
A move to Barcelona - and the opportunity to play alongside Messi - would certainly quicken Pogba’s path to becoming a world-class talent.