Just when you thought it went quiet, the media campaign to force Paul Pogba out of Juventus and strip Serie A of its most prized commodity has sadly reared its ugly head again. Fortunately for Calcio followers and Bianconero tifosi alike, the Frenchman hasn’t turned his.
We continually hear about how footballers are held to ransom by their agents, as if they’re forced to accept bigger pay packets elsewhere, but in Pogba’s case, not even maverick representative Mino Raiola can engineer the midfielder’s next money-spinning transfer, just yet.
In this day and age, whereby individual needs are increasingly taking precedence over the collective for most footballers, the 21-year-old is refreshingly refusing to bite the hand which feeds him. After all, it was Juve who were willing to take in the then-departing Manchester United teenager two-and-a-half years ago.
Fresh from putting Verona to the sword in the Coppa Italia last midweek, the midfielder was at it again on Sunday, inspiring th365娱乐开户e Bianconeri to another emphatic victory over the Butei. Inside just three minutes, he unleashed a rocket from 25 yards out, which flew like a bullet into the bottom-right corner.
That wasn’t enough for Pogba. Four minutes later, he showcased incredible swagger and awareness to dummy Alvaro Morata’s deflected cross, effectively assist Carlos Tevez for his side’s second of the evening and put the Gialloblu out of sight, all while barely breaking a sweat. His efforts helped .
When he wasn’t contributing with goals, he was helping the team sustain their domination at the other end, emerging successful in all five of his tackles to make him Juve’s joint-most accomplished ballwinner and completing 67 of his 73 passes at a rate only second to Andrea Pirlo.
On the basis of his performance against Verona alone, it’s easy to see why Pogba is in high demand, but there are many more factors to consider – the crippling Italian economy and the perception that Serie A no longer warrants prestige, especially in the context of Ballon d’Or candidacy.
There’s also Beppe Marotta’s worrying admission. Instead of simply sidestepping the issue, he reminded us about what we all already knew – that the Old Lady struggle to compete financially with the world’s best clubs. One wonders whether Luciano Moggi would have responded likewise.
The English Press seem to be doing all they can to make up for their earlier blunder in failing to prevent Pogba’s free transfer to Juve, despite his potential being clear for all to see in Manchester United’s reserves, including Sir Alex Ferguson, who knew exactly what he lost out on.
The last player to depart Tuhg在线平台rin for Madrid 赌盘网was a certain Zinedine Zidane, who on Monday claimed ‘all the great players end up’ there. That may be so, but the €75m was quickly reinvested on two more greats Gianluigi Buffon and Pavel Nedved – both never Blanco, both still Bianconero.
Of course, Pogba has a long way to go before he can be uttered in the same breath as the aforementioned pair, but with a new contract recently signed, his future at Juve is secure for at least a few more years. He’s on the path to greatness and going the right way about it.