Sir Alex Ferguson knew that the boy had potential, he could see that in him from day one. It was definitely one that got away for Manchester United. Fergie did everything possible to keep Paul Pogba at the club, and not only did he send Patrice Evra to his house to have one last go at convincing him to stay, United offered him their highest ever contract for a reserve player.
But, in the end, the deal had been done, and the young Frenchman was on his way to Juventus, and also on his way to becoming a superstar, on the books of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea to name just a few.
In his fairly short career so far, he has already won two Italian cups, three Italian Super cups, and four Serie A titles, and there will surely be more to come, whether that be with Juve or another big team.
Pogba is impressive in all areas, as he can combine pace, strength and power, along with outrageous skill and a fearsome shot from midfield, so there really isn’t any wonder why there is such hype around him.
His age and attributes would suggest that he really could become a world beater, and he began doing it on the world stage two years ago, when he had an impressive World Cup campaign as France reached the quarter finals, whilst picking up the ‘Young Player’ award.
However, where he will really be striving to prove just how good a player he really is is at this summer’s Euro 2016 in his home nation of France, and there shouldn’t be any reason why he can’t steal the show, and be as influential as fellow countryman Zinedine Zidane was in his day.
Still, although he shares a similar skill level with Zidane, he is often likened to Patrick Viera, and if his career can reach the heights of the Arsenal invincible, then of course Pogba himself would be delighted, but the question is, what team will he be playing for?
Juve, who paid nothing for the Frenchman in 2012, would of course love to cash in on their star, but keeping him at the club would definitely be their ideal world, whilst it is generally unknown what Pogba wants from his own career, whether that be staying in Italy, or moving elsewhere.
Manchester United contract dispute aside, La Pioche has acted as a true professional in his short career so far both on and off the pitch, and providing that he keeps it that way, the future looks bright – not that anyone really knows what the future is for Paul Pogba, but still, there is no doubting that the skilful classy midfielder is going to play a big part in the future of football itself.