It’s been a funny old season for Paul Pogba.
A trophyless campaign for Manchester United - which involved being dropped by Jose Mourinho - has now been followed up with a World Cup triumph.
Pogba had a superb tournament for France and scored in the final during their 4-2 win against Croatia.
The £89 million midfielder may have plenty of critics but he certainly silenced them on Sunday.
And he appeared to have a message for his haters at full-time.
Pogba, looking into the crowd, cupped his ear and wagged his finger as if to say: “I’m don’t listen to my criticism.”
And why should he?
The 25-year-old is now a World Cup winner having scored in the final after such an impressive tournament.
You can’t argue with that.
And there were plenty of people queuing up to praise Pogba following his World Cup triumph.
ZLATAN'S TWEET TO POGBA
One of which was his former Man Utd teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
On Sunday night, Zlatan sent Pogba a tweet that read: “Let them talk but the game speaks for itself @paulpogba #pogcup #myapprentice #congratsfrance,” accompanied with a picture of Pogba looking rather smug with the World Cup trophy.
It’s fair to say Zlatan’s tweet went viral with 25,000 retweets.
Pogba would no doubt have appreciated it.
Whether he can replicate his form for France in the Premier League with United under Mourinho remains to be seen.
MOURINHO TO GET THE BEST OUT OF POGBA?
But Rio Ferdinand has called for Mourinho to "unlock" Pogba's ability in a United shirt next season.
"Pogba was immense - especially in the second half," Ferdinand said.
"The pressure was on and he has to come to the fore, there's a huge price tag to his name.
"He has had a tough season in terms of the media and people from within the game calling him out in a Manchester United shirt.
"It's down to Jose now to unlock this Pogba we saw at the World Cup because he was responsible, he stood up to a lot of hard tests in midfield and was a talisman for this team.
"You use negative energy sometimes as fuel and that's where he is at."
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