SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT: PAUL POGBA

 

We are still in the world cup aura and today we decide to shine the spotlight on the talented and skillful Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba who recently scored the third goal while playing in the finals for his country France at the just concluded world cup.

Paul Pogba was born on March 15, 1993, in Lagny-sur-Marne, France, to Fassou Antoine and Yeo Moriba. His parents were Guinean Muslims and lived in Conakry, Guinea, before Paul was born. Tired of poverty, the family moved to France for a better and fulfilling life. His was one of the thousands of African families that moved to Europe during the African refugee crisis in the early 1990s.

While in school, Paul became passionate about football and decided to build a career in the sport. Soon, all three brothers became addicted to the game while their mother supported them. At the age of 6, Paul joined his very first football club, in form of ‘US Roissy-en-Brie,’ which was a few miles away from his home. Under their efficient guidance, Paul’s techniques improved significantly, and in the next seven years, he emerged as a highly competitive young player.

He soon joined the club ‘US Torcy’ and played in their ‘Under-13’ team as the captain, before finally joining the prestigious ‘Le Havre’ club. Playing for ‘Le Havre’ made him visible to a lot of clubs that wished to acquire him. Both of his brothers also remained active footballers and presently play for different European clubs.

In a surprising turn of events, Paul joined ‘Manchester United’ in 2009. ‘Le Havre’ was miffed and threatened to charge ‘Manchester United’ with bribery, to compel Paul to end his contract with them. However, Paul and ‘Manchester United’ were unaffected. Paul joined the youth program of ‘Manchester United’ in 2009 and continued with it until 2011.

In August 2016, it was announced that Paul had signed a contract worth £89.3 million with ‘Manchester United.’ This was a new record in itself. The same month, ‘The Football Association’ announced that Paul would not be included in the club’s team for the first leg of the ‘Premier League’ due to the two yellow cards that were shown to him in his previous match for ‘Juventus.’

He led ‘Manchester United’ into the finals of ‘EFL Cup,’ and in May 2017, he scored the winning goal for his team in the finals of the ‘Europa League.’ This brought an end to the club’s nine-year-long wait for the ‘Europa League’ title.

Internationally, he captained France to victory at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and took home the award for the Best Player for his performances during the tournament. He made his debut for the senior team a year later, and featured prominently at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he was awarded the Best Young Player Award for his performances. He later represented his nation at UEFA Euro 2016 on home soil, where he finished as runners-up, before winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup after scoring in the final.

 

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