Raiola On Pogba Criticism: The French Love To Criticise Their Heroes

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Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola believes his match-winning performance against Australia has cemented his greatness, as the midfielder has been caught under the spotlight again.

The former Juventus man faced heavy criticism at Manchester United, where his importance to the squad was under a cloud more than once. The noise followed him to Russia.

However, he responded in resounding fashion, hitting the goal that secured all points for Les Bleus, however, it has been reduced to an Aziz Behich own goal. Raiola hopes his detractors will not fail to hail him when he impresses.

The so-called ‘super agent’, who manages the midfielder’s career away from the field, told RMC Sport: “Paul confirmed once again what a great player he is and the importance he has in the team. He is a true ambassador for France.

“France ought to be proud to have him in the side and not always criticise, but then the French do love to criticise their heroes and it’s not just Pogba.

“I also think [Blaise] Matuidi coming off the bench changed the game and the whole energy of the team, as he is a winner and an amazing guy. That’s how he conquered Juventus and Italy too.

“I don’t know why the coach [Didier Deschamps] decided to leave him out of the starting XI, but he came on and everyone saw what he could do. I’m proud of him.

“I think in France they don’t like heroes, as there is so much envy and jealousy. I don’t see why they are criticised so much when they can write football history.

“Pogba in particular always stays positive, works hard and has nothing to prove. He does what the coach wants and is a perfect ambassador on and off the field.

“France have the quality and strength in depth to win the World Cup. If the media can be a little more positive, that won’t hurt.”



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