Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand said on BT Sport on Tuesday that Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will become a world-class player in the near future.
Ferdinand was talking on BT Sport ahead of Champions League game between Manchester City and Juventus about his former teammate Paul Pogba. Pogba, 22, has developed into one of the best players in the world since leaving Old Trafford in 2012 for Juventus. Ferdinand is sure that the French midfielder is a special kind of player.
“Potentially, Pogba can be a Ballon d’or winner,” Ferdinand said.
“I asked him. ‘Why are you going? Where are you going? You’re going to Juventus. That’s not as good a league as the Premier League. You’re at Manchester United. Where are you going? What are you doing?’
“He looked at me deadpan and went: ‘I want to be the best player in the world and I’m not playing. I want to go and play.’”
Ferdinand was asked if it was a mistake by the club to let Pogba leave.
“I do, but that’s with hindsight,” Ferdinand said. “Sir Alex Ferguson would say the same thing. I think he has the personality to be the best. I think Pogba really will go on to be the best player in the world in the next three or four years. He’s got that personality. That desire to be the best player.
“The way he trains, the way he looks at his game. He believes in himself like not many other players I’ve seen.”
Pogba had an assist in the game as Juventus beat Man City 2-1 after coming back from a 1-0 deficit.