Pogba names childhood heroes: ‘Maradona, Pele, Chris Waddle…’

Date published: Tuesday 20th March 2018 12:35

Paul Pogba has put aside his problems at Man Utd to discuss which players he looked up to as a youngster and which stars he looks to emulate now.

The midfielder is currently on international duty with France, with coach Didier Deschamps saying the 25-year-old “cannot be happy” with his current predicament at Old Trafford.

Pogba was benched by Jose Mourinho for both legs of the Champions League defeat to Sevilla, as well as the FA Cup quarter-final win over Brighton at at the weekend.

As he enjoys some time away from United, Pogba has been discussing which player he would love to play alongside one day.

Speaking to Argentinian television channel TyC Sports, Pogba said: “Yes, Neymar. I like him. He has the definition of happiness on the pitch.

“In Brazil football is everything, it’s life in Brazil. Everyone plays football. I love to see him on the pitch playing, with his technique and his ability. It’s a different style.

“When you say the word Neymar around the world, everyone knows who he is and what he does. Therefore if I could play with him one day it would be a pleasure.”

Pogba also opened up over which other players he admires.

“When I was smaller I always looked up to Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.

“I had videos of Maradona, Pele, Chris Waddle, Kaka – many players. I wanted to have all the virtues of those players.

“Now I look more at players like Andres Iniesta, Yaya Toure, Kevin De Bruyne and Luka Modric – who is a very strong midfielder player. I look at them to try to be better.”


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