Paul Pogba has crowned himself “the most criticised player in the world”.
Pogba featured for France as they laboured to a 2-1 win over Australia to open their 2018 World Cup campaign.
The 25-year-old played well in parts, but desperately needs a focal point. Antoine Griezmann will not do.
Pogba’s place in the starting line-up was in significant doubt before the game and plenty feel his display against Australia was not enough to keep him in the side.
But the Manchester United midfielder is used to such criticism.
“When I was little with my friends, we always used to take the p*** out of each other, saying, ‘You were good, you were bad’,” he told Telefoot.
“I treat the criticism like I did when I was playing on the block as a kid. I never listen to it. I’m having fun and that’s the only answer I can give to all those people who criticise me.
“It’s funny, I went from the biggest transfer in the world to the most criticised player in the world.”
Despite the midfielder’s staunch defence of his own performances, he did admit that France must improve overall – although none of the favourites have impressed thus far.
“As the coach said, we can do better and we have to do better.”