Paul Pogba, one of world football’s brightest talents, combines devastating natural ability with a powerful physique.
Born in the suburbs of Paris on 15 March 1993, Pogba began playing football at the age of six before joining the notable Le Havre youth academy in 2007. His performances as captain of the Under-16 side earned him international recognition and caught the eyes of scouts from across the globe.
Manchester United won the race for his signature, with the midfielder slotting straight into the club’s youth system after completing a move in 2009.
Sir Alex Ferguson promoted Pogba to the first-team squad, handing him his professional debut in the League Cup against Leeds in September 2011, and he went on to feature in the Europa League against Athletic Bilbao in the last-16 stage.
After lifting the Scudetto at the end of an outstanding maiden campaign in Turin, Pogba then captained the French Under-20 side to World Cup glory in the summer, receiving the player of the tournament award in the process.
A year later and with another domestic title under his belt, he played a vital role in France’s run to the quarter-finals in Brazil, weighing in with an important goal that paved the way for their last-16 victory over Nigeria.
The 22-year-old would go on to enjoy his most successful season to date in 2014/15, netting ten times in all competitions to help the Bianconeri to a domestic double, to which he has since added a third Super Cup triumph following victory over Lazio in Shanghai.