2013 is drawing to a close and it's a year that will long live in the memory of Paul Pogba. A year that has seen him achieve success and produce some masterful performances with Juventus and France. A year that has now been capped with his inclusion in L'Équipe's team of the year, as voted by readers of the French publication's website.
Over the last 12 months our talented midfielder has won his first Scudetto in black and white, making a key contribution with some spectacular and decisive goals. In August he set the team on their way to a resounding Super Cup victory over Lazio. And he's left his mark on the first half of 2013/14 too, weighing in with six goals from 24 games and clocking up the most minutes after Tevez and Vidal.
Pogba has also received considerable acclaim back in his homeland, following a string of impressive displays for Les Bleus. First, as captain, he guided the France Under-20 team to success at the U20 World Cup. Then he helped Didier Deschamps' senior side clinch their spot at next summer's tournament in Brazil.
Twelve intense, almost non-stop months in which Paul has become a household name in Europe and beyond. Now the icing on his 2013 cake comes in the form of this public recognition from L'Équipe.
The Juve midfielder is Serie A's only representative in the French newspaper's ideal XI, but he's in good company, lining up alongside some stellar names. The rest of the team includes Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (PSG), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Yaya Touré (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) and Leo Messi (Barcelona).