Paul Pogba – “I Want To Be Zidane And Ronaldinho Combined” – Juventus’ star midfielder Paul Pogba has spoken of his desire to become what he calls the “new midfielder.”
In an interview with ESPN, the former Manchester United star revealed that he wanted to be a combination of all the great midfielders: Zidane, Ronaldinho, Iniesta and more. Pogba also spoke about learning from two great midfielders in Paul Scholes and Andrea Pirlo, and adjusting to a tougher Serie A.
Excerpts from the interview below.
ESPN: You’ve said you want to create, or be, the new midfielder. What does “the new midfielder” mean?
PP: Doing everything: defend, attack, score, give assists, tackle, win back the ball. Be a leader on the field.
ESPN: A box-to-box midfielder, with a bit of Zidane added?
PP: [laughs] Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Messi, everyone. Iniesta.
ESPN: Really? You’re serious?
PP: I’m serious. All players rolled into one: from defensive midfielder to attacking midfielder to attacker. I want to take the qualities from everyone. I’d like to get to the level where I have everything: Vieira, Deschamps, Zidane, Ronaldinho, Henry, Ronaldo. It wouldn’t be bad, that. I’ve already scored goals, given decisive passes, won back balls. It’s really just about raising the level.