Paul Pogba: 11 things you didn’t know about the French star

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Paul Pogba is expected to sign for Manchester United in the coming days.

The France international has agreed personal terms with the Red Devils, according to the Daily Mail, and is expected to become the most expensive footballer of all time.

But how much do you know about the 23-year-old midfielder?


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We’ve compiled a list of fun facts you might not know about United’s next star signing.

If you can think of any others, feel free to tell us by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page.

1. His nickname was Paul the Octopus

Remember Paul the Octopus, surprise star of the 2010 World Cup finals?

Well, Pogba was nicknamed that - or 'IL Polpo Paul' in Italian - not because of his ability to successfully predict the results of football matches, but because of his long gangly legs.

2. His two brothers are footballers - and play for Guinea

Pogba has two brothers - Mathias and Florentin - who are twins. Like Paul, they are also footballers.

Mathias, a forward, currently plies his trade for Partick Thistle while Florentin, a defender, plays for Saint-Etienne.

Another interesting fact is that the twins are both Guinea internationals. Paul opted instead to represent the France national team.

3. His favourite food is pasta

Pogba loves a bit of pasta, which is just as well considering his profession.

“I can do easy things like pasta with chicken or pasta with fish,” Pogba revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail in 2014, “but in Italy you just need to walk out the door and you can have the best pasta in the world cooked for you.

4. Pogba used to look up to Ravel Morrison

It might come as a surprise to hear there was a player at Old Trafford that coaches rated even more than Paul Pogba during his first spell with the Red Devils.

Although his attitude and off-field issues have hindered his professional career, Ravel Morrison once had the world at his feet.

"Mentality, for me, outweighs talent," Ferdinand told Copa90, per the Manchester Evening News, in May. "Look at Ravel Morrison. This guy was the best young kid that I've ever seen in my life.

"Better than Joe Cole was when he was a kid. Ravel Morrison, I've never seen a guy look so comfortable on a football pitch, but you can't just have one of them without the other, you've got to have everything.

"I'd love to see him given a chance to come back and show everyone his talent because the kid was just different. Pogba, Januzaj, Lingard... they used to look up to this boy.

"People don't realise how good he was. Those boys used to look up to him like, 'wow, Ravel Morrison'."

5. He hired a dietitian at the age of 16

You don’t reach the top unless you’re serious about what you do - and Pogba was serious about what he does from a very young age.

Hiring a dietitian at the age of 16 and following strict guidelines when it comes to food has clearly benefitted the Frenchman.

6. Pogba took his mum to the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards

Yes, really.

His mother, Yeo, accompanied her son on the red carpet for the glitzy ceremony in Zurich. Aww.

7. Pokemon haircut

Pokemon is all the rage again now, but Pogba decided to get a Pokeball shaved into the side of his head back in February of this year - before the game became cool again. (Is it cool again?)

8. He calls Patrice Evra ‘Uncle Pat’

Pogba posted a short video of himself entering the hotel room of Patrice Evra during the European Championships.

“Let me check what Uncle Pat is doing…”

9. He was once ‘disgusted’ with a Fergie decision

December 31 2011 - the day Paul Pogba knew he had to leave Old Trafford.

The reason? In a Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers, Sir Alex Ferguson had a shortage of midfielders.

But instead of playing the gifted Pogba, he instead lined up with Park Ji-Sung and Rafael, a right-back, in central midfield.

Pogba wasn’t impressed.

"It was a very, very difficult moment for me because I was in love with Manchester and I was a Mancunian.

"It was the match against Blackburn in December 2011 at Old Trafford,” Pogba told Canal+, per ESPN.

"Paul Scholes had retired, Darren Fletcher was injured. There was no one left to play in midfield. And I was training and I was beginning to get better bit by bit and the coach never stopped telling me, 'You're this far'.

"And I didn't understand. This far away from what? Playing? From having some playing time? From getting on the field? Or what?

"And there was Rafael in midfield and I was disgusted. I was disgusted and I didn't get on either."

10. His sporting hero is Andrea Pirlo

“I am lucky that I get to play with my hero - Andrea Pirlo,” Pogba revealed two years ago. “I make no secret I want to become like him. He has won everything, and he has won it playing such an important role.”

11. He’s good friends with Mario Balotelli

Hopefully for Manchester United fans, Pogba won’t demand the signing of Balotelli as one of the clauses in his contract.

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