Paul Pogba has won many plaudits for his mature displays during France’s World Cup triumph in Russia this summer.
The Manchester United midfielder’s displays for Les Blues have gone a long way to answering some of his critics, and after seeing the inspirational team talk he gave to his team-mates before their 4-2 World Cup final victory over Croatia, it is clear to see that the 25-year-old has grown into a leader within the France set up:
“Boys, I don’t want to talk too much, we all know where we are, we all know what we want, we know how far we have come,” Pogba told his team-mates in the dressing room just minutes before they took to the field.
“We know it in our hearts, in our eyes. I can see it boys, we are concentrated. We cannot forget. Maybe I am repeating myself.
“We are 90 minutes away from possibly making history. 90 minutes. One match. One match.
“I don’t know how many matches we have played in our careers but this is one match that changes everything. That changes all of history.
“There are two teams, there is one trophy. For them it is the same, they want it. We know we lost a final (Euro 2016). We know it. We feel it in our hearts. It’s still in our heads. Today we are not going to let another team take what is ours.
“Tonight I want us to be in the memory of all the French people who are watching us. Their children, their children’s children, and their children’s children’s children. I want us to go onto the pitch as warriors, as leaders.”