Paul Pogba feels he is “the most criticised player in the world”, after his winning goal for France against their Group C opponents Australia.
The central midfielder told the French football channel Telefoot, “It’s funny, I went from the biggest transfer in the world, to the most criticised player in the world”.
Pogba, the most expensive central midfielder of all time, truly believes that he doesn’t deserve the criticism he receives, but it is hard to deny that it is undeserved.
In his defence Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has said that the French love to “criticise their heroes”, meaning that the criticism is far from necessary.
Pogba’s statistics from the 2017/18 season for Manchester United:
Premier League- Goals: 6, Assists: 10. (25 appearances).
Champions League- 1 assist. (3 appearances).
Criticism for the Frenchman comes from the fact that we all know he can do better from his time at Juventus, but some do say that most players can do that well with Pirlo playing alongside you, but Pogba genuinely has talent.
People are frustrated with him due to the fact that it doesn’t take a genius to know that he can become the best central midfielder in the Premier League, but Manchester United after two seasons still don’t have a system which suits him.
Also, the 25-year old does get a lot of stick for his animated online persona, videos of him dancing and changing the colour of his hair, and even Gary Neville would say that he needs to stop being on social media so much and concentrate on his job that he is paid over £200,000 a week to do.
In the Manchester derby late last season Paul Pogba took the game by the scruff of its neck and scored a brace in just two minutes, and it was a real showcase of what type of player he can become.
You can debate whether the fact that Pogba is or isn’t the most criticised player in the world, and we would love to hear your opinions about this claim made by Pogba.
Take the Sterling approach:
Raheem Sterling, definitely the most criticised English player in the world, takes the more grown up approach to dealing with criticism.
In a pre-World Cup presser day he was quoted saying, ““I don’t really take it personally. Me and my mum and my agent sometimes talk about it. Little things, like what happened the other day, people expect me to be really affected by it, but I’ve been through harder stuff in my life to get down by that, so that’s the least of my worries. I don’t feel there’s an agenda against me”.
You can acknowledge the criticism but you have a choice whether to read it or just ignore it, and do your talking on the pitch, which Sterling did for Manchester City in the 2017/18 season where he scored 18 goals and assisted 11 goals.