Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been discussing the additional pressure that comes with being the world’s most expensive footballer.
26-year-old France international returned to Old Trafford from Serie A giants Juventus in a then world record £89 million deal in the summer of 2016.
However, he has struggled to perform at his best on a consistent basis since returning to the Premier League, and is a hugely divisive figure amongst the Red Devils support.
Speaking to the Life Times Podcast, Pogba has opened up about the pressure of his hefty price tag and how some of the difficulties he has faced are very similar to how things play out on the cult simulation game Football Manager.
‘With everything that came with the transfer, I became another player. Because it was the biggest transfer in history at the time, you get judged differently,” Pogba said.
‘We expect more from you, I guess. You expect more because of the price tag. I think a good game will be (seen as) a normal game. A top game will be a good game.
‘It happens in Football Manager. I play Football Manager and it says a lot of things that come true so I wasn’t surprised.’
When asked about the biggest transfer he has made when playing FM, Pogba replied:
‘It was quite a lot – and it was me coming back to United! I moved myself.
‘For sure it’s a big amount but it went down when other transfers came, so we’re fine. I think it’s because I’m a midfielder as well. People see more like a striker because they score goals and everything, so that’s why it made such a big impact.’
Pogba is widely reported to want to leave Old Trafford again this summer, with the talented midfielder heavily linked with a transfer to either Real Madrid or former club Juventus.
— Football Faithful (@FootyFaithful_) May 23, 2019