Paul Pogba is a role model and a leader - Didier Deschamps
Paul Pogba
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Paul Pogba is a Role Model – Didier Deschamps

It is needless to say the France manager, Didier Deschamps played a vital role in leading France to the World Cup glory in Russia. However, there was another man who not only performed on the pitch but acted as a role model for the team, Paul Pogba.

Paul Pogba led the France team like a leader in the World Cup.

When it came to every prep talk and every intense moment, France midfielder Paul Pogba was always there in front to motivate the team. Even in the final against Croatia, it was seen that Pogba led the team right from the beginning to the end.

France manager also couldn’t stop himself from praising the midfielder for being a real leader.

“He didn’t surprise me. Paul is a nice guy, who listens, who has always thought of the team first. I have spoken a lot with him. In our squad, he is — at 25 — in the middle in terms of age. For the youngsters in the team, he’s done it; he is almost a model of how things are done.”

“He played the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016. Before the tournament, it was bandied around a lot that we were lacking leaders and character. They all shaped up during the tournament.”

While Pogba’s stature and reputation grew in Russia, those of Mbappe got inflated to global status. The teenage Paris Saint-Germain forward drew favourable comparisons with the iconic Pele, as he took the tournament by storm.

Paul Pogba France
Paul Pogba

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“A year and a half ago, no-one knew who he was; now he’s world champion. He does things others aren’t able to. Despite that, he keeps his feet on the ground and is already very mature even though he’s only 19. He says he’s not the spokesman of the team out of respect for the elders in the squad. I think that’s very good. I’m very happy he wears a Bleu shirt.