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Pogba Biography: Early Life, Career and Personal Life

Paul Labile Pogba (born 15 March 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the France national team.

He operates primarily as a central midfielder, but can also be deployed as a left-winger, attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, and deep-lying playmaker.

 

Born in Lagny-Sur-Marne, Pogba joined the youth team of Ligue 1 side Le Havre in 2007, before a protracted transfer brought him to Manchester United two years later.

After beginning his senior career with Manchester United two years later, limited appearances persuaded him to depart to join Italian side Juventus on a free transfer in 2012, where he helped the club to four consecutive Serie A titles, as well as two Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana titles.

During his time in Italy, Pogba further established himself as one of the most promising young players in the world and received the Golden Boy award is 2013, followed by the Bravo Award in 2014.

In 2016, Pogba was named to the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year, as well as the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI, after helping Juventus to the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, their first in 12 years.

Pogba’s performances at Juventus led to him returning to Manchester United in 2016 for a then-world record transfer fee of €105 million (£89.3 million).

 The fee was the highest-paid by an English club at the time. In his first season back, he won the League Cup and the Europa League.

 In the 2018–19 season, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Internationally, Pogba 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 a runner-up, before winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, scoring in the final.

 

Pogba: Early career

“Ronaldo is my footballing role model and the player that made me fall in love with football.

I was enthralled by him as I used to play up front when I was younger.”

Pogba on his idol, former Brazilian forward Ronaldo.

Pogba began his football career at the age of six playing for US Roissy-en-Brie, a few miles south of his hometown.

He spent seven seasons at the club before joining US Torcy, where he served as captain of the club’s under-13 team.

After one season with Torcy, Pogba joined the professional club Le Havre.

In his second season at the club, Pogba captained its under-16 team to the final phase of its domestic league, the Championnat National des 16 ans.

Le Havre finished second to Lens in the final group phase, finishing ahead of the likes of Lyon and Nancy.

Pogba also established himself as a youth international for his country.

Pogba: Transfer

“The player [Pogba] and his parents refused to keep the arrangement because Manchester United offered very high sums of money to the parents of obtain of obtaining the transfer of their son.”

Le Havre’s response to Pogba’s decision to join Manchester United.

On 31 July 2009, Pogba announced that he was departing Le Havre to join the youth academy of Manchester United in England.

The move surprised his parent club, as it allegedly had a “non-solicitation agreement” with Pogba, which was agreed to by not only the player but also his parents in 2006.

The agreement, which was in place until the end of the 2009–10 season, allowed Le Havre to sign Pogba to an aspirant (youth) contract once the player met specific age and scholarship requirements.

On 1 August, Le Havre released an official statement criticizing Manchester United and the Pogba family.

Le Havre also announced its intent to ask FIFA to probe the situation.

In response to Le Havre’s accusations, Manchester United threatened to sue the club, while Pogba denied he was leaving Le Havre for monetary reasons, which Le Havre President Jean-Pierre Louvel had alleged to be £87,000 and a house.

Le Havre was also accused by Pogba’s former club Torcy of using the same tactics it purported Manchester United to have used when the club acquired Pogba from its youth academy.

On the same day of Pogba’s announcement to depart for England, Torcy released a press release on its off criticizing te criticizing Le Havre’s accusations, stating, “We will not use the term ‘steal,’ but the recruiters of Le Havre acted the same way with the club in Torcy.”

The club cited Le Havre’s acceptance of allowing Pogba to silicensemateur license with the club without notifying Torcy as its primary reason why.

On 7 October, Mancwaser United was cleared of wrongdoing by a judge appointed by FIFA, with the declaration that Pogba was not contractually linked to Le Havre.

Despite having the option to appeal, on 18 June 2010, Le Havre officials confirmed that the club had reached an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of Pogba. The terms of the agreement were confidential.

Academy at the and call up to the first team

Pogba completed his transfer to Manchester United on 7 October 2009 and made his debut with the club’s under-18 team on 10 October against Crewe Alexandra in a 2–1 defeat.

He finished the 2009–10 under-18 campaign with seven goals in 21 appearances.

The team finished first n their group but lost to Arsenal 5–3 on penalties in the play-off semi-finals.

In April 2010, Pogba was a part of the under-18 team that successfully defended their title at the Torneo Calcio Memorial Claudio Sassi-Sassuolo in Bologna, Italy.

In the 2010–11 season, Pogba remained on the club’s academy team in the Premier Academy League and played with the team during the first three months of the season.

In November 2010, he was called up to the club’s reserve team and made his debut on 2 November 2010 in a 3–1 win over Bolton Wanderers.

On 10 January 2011, in the FA Youth Cup, Pogba scored a long-range goal, described as a “piledriver,” in the team’s 3–2 victory over Portsmouth.

The win allowed the team to progress to the fourth round of the competition.

A month later, Pogba scored a similar goal in a 3–2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in the Academy League.

On 19 February 2011, Pogba was one of four academy players promoted to the first-team squad by manager Alex Ferguson ahead of Manchester Unfifth-roundup fifth round match against Crawley Town, for which he was assigned the number 42 shirt.

He continued in the under-18s for the rest of the season, helping the team to a lengthy run in the FA Youth Cup; in the semi-final encounter against Chelsea in the competition, Pogba scored a goal in the first leg, a 3–2 defeat, and provided the assist for the opening goal of the second leg, a 4–0 win. In the final, Manchester United

defeated Sheffield United 6–3 on aggregate to win their tenth Youth Cup title; Pogba started and played the entire match in both legs.

During his final season with Juventus, Pogba was deployed in a more advanced and creative midfield role rather than in his usual box-to-box role, which saw him gain more time on the ball, and he excelled as the team’s main playmaker, due to his vision and passing range; his performances in this role saw him develop from a promising youngster into one of the best and most complete midfielders in the world.

Upon Pogba’s departure from Juventus in 2016, his former teammate Gianluigi Buffon compared him to French former playmakers Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane, and also praised his ability, leadership, work-rate and attitude, both on the pitch and in training, stating that he “…is a tremendous warrior on the pitch but also has so much talent.

His control of the ball and the way he can swiftly change the play from defense to attack is special.”

 Pogba is also an effective free-kick and penalty taker.

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