Paul Pogba is a talented professional footballer who plays for English Premier League side Manchester United and represents France on the international stage.
Pogba was born Paul Labile Pogba on March 15, 1993, in Lagny-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne, France, to Fassou Antoine and Yeo Moriba, immigrant parents from Guinea.
At around the age of 6, Pogba began playing football. He enrolled at US Roissy-en-Brie where he played for six seasons before moving to US Torcy. He was the best player on his new team where he was made captain and following an impressive first season, he joined professional club Le Harve. The lanky midfielder continued to impress in the team’s youth set-up, helping them finish second place in the Under-16 National Championship.
In July 2009, after being extensively scouted by Manchester United, Paul Pogba decided to swap his French club for the English giant. The news of his decision to leave the French side caused an uproar between all the clubs involved and led to a FIFA investigation over claims that United “stole” the player. The player, however, completed the move and settled into his new club, making an impression on all the youth team coaches before earning a selection in the first team for an FA Cup fifth-round match in February 2011.
For the 2011-12 season, Pogba was promised regular first-team action by Sir Alex Ferguson but, however, found himself stuck with the reserves. He made a few substitute appearances for the first team but that did not satisfy him as he opted to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expired. His next stop was Italy, agreeing to a four-year contract with Juventus.
Pogba saw regular first-team action with his new side and received plaudits for his performances. He went on to be named the 2013 Golden Boy, an award given to the best young player in Europe. He continued his meteoric rise in the following season, making more appearances than any other player for the club in all competitions. Pogba was then shortlisted for the 2014 Ballon d’Or, the youngest player on the 23-man shortlist. He played for the Italian giants until the summer of 2016 when Manchester United paid a then world record fee of €105 million for his services.
With Juventus, Pogba won a total of 8 trophies along with several other individual honors which he might replicate in the Premier League.
At just the age of 20, Paul Pogba made his international debut for France, having previously played for their different youth teams, most recently captaining the Under-20 team to a FIFA U-20 World Cup win. A year later, in 2014, Pogba was named the Best Young Player at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was subsequently part of the team that finished second in the 2016 European Championships and is currently hoping to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Paul Pogba Brother, Girlfriend
Paul Pogba has two older brothers; Florentin Pelle and Mathias Fassou Pogba who are twins born August 19, 1990, in Conakry, Guinea. Like their famous younger brother, the Pogba twins play football professionally but, however, represent their country of birth on the international stage.
On the subject of personal relationships, Paul Pogba has always kept a low profile, which is unlike most of his colleagues who never miss an opportunity to show off the good-looking women beside them. However, due to the amount of press coverage the World Cup is receiving, some light has been thrown on the wives and girlfriends of the players and we can certainly tell you that Pogba is head over heels in love with his Bolivian model girlfriend, Maria Salaues.
Miss Salaues, who has been pictured supporting her man in Russia, most notably besides his mother, reportedly began dating the Manchester United midfielder in 2017 after they met each other during his summer vacation in Los Angeles. There have been reports of sightings of the pair in Manchester and Paris, prompting speculation that she might be moving to Europe from America and that there might be an engagement announcement around the corner.
Paul Pogba is a practising Muslim. This came as a surprise to many people in 2016 when news of the flamboyant superstar’s religion first broke and pictures of him wearing white in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, surfaced.
Pogba has reportedly been a practising Muslim for many years after he and his brothers were introduced to the faith by their devout Muslim mother.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Paul Labile Pogba
Date of Birth: March 15, 1993
Place of Birth: Lagny-sur-Marne, France
Profession: Football player
Height: 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m)
Weight: 84 kg (190 pounds)