Paul Pogba wants to become a mixture of football’s legends

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Paul Pogba has already achieved a fair amount during his relatively short time as a professional footballer.

The 23-year-old made the brave decision to leave Manchester United for Juventus in the summer of 2012 and it’s paid dividends for the midfielder, who is now widely regarded as one of the best players in the world.

Pogba has won four successive Serie A titles since arriving in Turin, reached the Champions League final and won the Coppa Italia. He’s also been named in the UEFA Team of the Year and was handed the coveted Golden Boy award in 2013.


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However, Pogba believes there’s plenty of room for improvement in his game.

The France international admits he wants to become the complete player by integrating aspects of a handful of football’s most iconic players.

Pogba wants to become a 'new midfielder'

Pogba claims he wants to become a “new midfielder”, telling ESPN: "Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, [Lionel] Messi, everyone. [Andres] Iniesta. I’m serious. All players rolled into one.

"From defensive midfielder to attacking midfielder to attacker. I want to take the qualities from everyone. I'd like to get to the level where I have everything: [Patrick] Vieira, [Didier] Deschamps, Zidane, Ronaldinho, [Thierry] Henry, Ronaldo. It wouldn't be bad, that.

"I've already scored goals, given decisive passes, won back balls. It's really just about raising the level."

Pogba: I've done nothing yet

Pogba, however, doesn’t think he’s there yet. The Frenchman, somewhat modestly, insists he doesn’t think he’s great yet because he’s “done nothing”.

Don’t be so hard on yourself, Paul.

"I don't think I am a great; I think I've done nothing," he added. "I've done nothing in soccer. I've won leagues, but I haven't won the Champions League, the World Cup, the Euros. Winning Euro 2016 in France, that wouldn't be bad. I want to work, to be a great, to win everything."

United have apparently made a bid

Pogba is one of Europe’s most sought-after players and his reputation - not to mention his value - will sour even higher if he helps France win Euro 2016 on home soil this summer.

Europe’s top clubs all want to sign Pogba and Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles revealed on Thursday that Manchester United have made a firm offer to bring him back to Old Trafford.

Barcelona can't afford him

The likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City are also likely to chase Pogba’s signature this summer, but one club seemingly out of the running are Barcelona.

Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague revealed last week that Barcelona don’t have the cash available to sign the midfielder.

“Barcelona did consider Pogba but they do not have the money to buy him,” Balague commented. “Very cleverly, Pogba has left all his options open and again, it’s still very early.

"Both United and City would love to have Pogba and so would Real Madrid."

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