Full Name: Paul Labile Pogba
DOB: 15 March 1993 (age 20)
Height: 6’ 2”
As one of the hottest young prospects in European soccer, Paul Pogba is a player in demand by many top clubs. Currently playing for Juventus and the French national team, he has established a starting spot with both teams and is set for a very big year in 2014. At 20 years old, the French midfielder already has a storied career and his name was making headlines at the ripe age of 16, when he made a controversial move from Le Harve to Manchester United’s youth academy. Le Harve claimed they have a contractual agreement with their player and Manchester United illegally poached him from them. A FIFA tribunal closed the argument with a “not guilty” result and he was allowed to move to EPL club.
During his time in Manchester, many talked about the potential Pogba had. Unfortunately, that wasn’t seen and his contract ran out. He is now talked about as the “one that got away” from Old Trafford. And, boy, did they lose out on a world class star. At Juventus, he has been a revelation and is currently a focal player in their midfield line, alongside Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo.
As a center midfielder, Pogba is compared to the likes of Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure. Many expected him to replace Paul Scholes at Manchester United, but instead he demonstrated his abilities in Italy. He has ability to play as a natural midfielder or he just as comfortable shifting to a more attacking position. Those that have seen him play will also be well aware that he has no fear about getting stuck in on tackles and he has the ability to score spectacular goals. He already has an impressive 10 goals in 45 games for the Turin club.
Did you know? At Juventus, he has been nicknamed “Polpo Paul” or Paul the Octopus due to his long legs and ability to take huge strides.
This summer, Pogba will head to Brazil as part of the France international squad, and he is set to make a big impact. France was rather fortunate in how they qualified for the World Cup, something that might just play into their hands. Expectations are not as high as they have been for previous tournaments and with Pogba growing in stature leading up to the event, it makes for an interesting time. Expect him to be a leading figure through central midfield, the player handed the role of playmaker and creator.
Currently Wears: Nike CTR360 Maestri III
On his feet, Pogba is currently wearing the Nike CTR360 Maestri III and they have been working very effectively for him. The current CTR360 range has garnered a keen following from center midfielders and thise that like to take the ball forward to create opportunities. This fits perfectly with his mold and compliments his overall style.
While in Manchester, he never really settled on one particular boot and jumped through several ranges, although he seemed to favor the adidas brand. Boots including the adiPure III, original F50 adiZero and the adiPower Predator graced his feet in different games. It seems like he never found the one that offered the correct type of performance for his game.
Shortly after moving to Juve, he started wearing the CTR360 range and they seemed to be working perfectly well. His personal performances were receiving praise and he seemed to be controlling he game very efficiently while also hitting some phenomenal shots. But then toward the end of the 2012-13 season he made a short term switch to the adidas Predator LZ, probably taking the opportunity to test out the hybrid boot before signing a more permanent contract with the Swoosh. During the current campaign he has been wearing the CTR360 Maestri III and is an official Nike player.