If Euro 2016 was Paul Pogba’s chance to announce himself as a football superstar, he hasn’t seized upon it.
The France midfielder has struggled to perform under the weight of an entire nation, the pressure to lead Les Blues to their first major trophy in 16 years perhaps a little too much for the 23-year-old.
By no means has Pogba been terrible. He performed admirably in France’s 0-0 draw against Switzerland and recovered well after conceding a penalty against the Republic of Ireland in the second minute.
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But fans were expecting more from the midfielder who is the subject of heavy interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United.
One of those who has been left wondering what all the fuss is about is BBC broadcaster Gary Lineker, who asked a question during France’s 2-1 win over Ireland that already implied his viewpoint.
Lineker’s tweet quickly spread. It has been been retweeted more than 9,600 times - Lineker clearly isn’t alone in his scepticism - and Pogba’s agent has picked up on the comment.
Raiola hit back
Mino Raiola has been a busy man this summer, overseeing deals for Pogba as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but he found time in his schedule to issue a response to the Match of the Day presenter.
“When someone is paid to talk about something, that doesn’t mean he knows what he’s talking about. Lineker is one of those,” Raiola told Rai Sport, per Goal.
“Considering the qualities Paul has and the prices I see around Europe, I think Paul is underrated.
“How much is Pogba worth? The maximum amount a club is prepared to pay for him.
“Just look at a player who is on the bench of Belgium and Marseille, but is being sold for €40 million [Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea].”
That Leicester promise
Juventus are seeking £100 million for Pogba, a fee that will see him become the most expensive player in history.
The Frenchman reportedly prefers a move to Madrid, although joining Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford also appeals to the midfielder.
Raiola’s view of Lineker deteriorated when the Leicester City fan made that famous promise.
“When Gary Lineker talks about Pogba, he hasn’t the slightest idea what he’s talking about,” he continued.
“I remember he said if Claudio Ranieri won the Premier League title with Leicester City, he’d present his show in his underpants. That tells you everything.”