Paul Pogba, who has been earning plenty of column inches recently thanks to his performances for France at the World Cup, has spoken about which players have inspired him over the years.
Whilst he names several, Paul Scholes and Andrea Pirlo are the two he singles out.
“At the start I was a forward, then a number 10. I liked the trequartista role, I felt at home there,” Pogba said. “Then I moved back and it started to be more aggressive technically. That way I had the chance to complete my game. In Italy I have grown further from a tactical point of view. I love to watch the videos [of the matches] and correct my errors on the pitch. I often watch Andrea Pirlo, Yaya Toure but also Gerrard and Lampard. I also like watching videos of the great former players like Zidane and Ronaldo. I look to take the best aspects of their games and mix them up. My role models? Pirlo at Juve and Scholes at Manchester United.”
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