Don't worry Paul Pogba you can still follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi

France Football

The former Manchester United midfielder was sent off last night on just his second appearance for France. But at least it didn't take him just 44 seconds to get sent off; like the world's current best player.

Last night saw Spain regain the initiative against France in their World Cup Qualifying group. Barcelona forward Pedro scored the winning goal after good work from Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal.

It was an important win for Spain who needed victory in Paris in order to leap-frog the French side after a 1-1 home draw with Finland last week.

Any hope of a comeback ended on 78 minutes when France saw Paul Pogba dismissed for two bookable offences in the space of two second-half minutes.

It was a poor way to mark just his second cap for the national team and his sarcastic applause of Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai reminded us more of the petulant Manchester United want-away than the talented midfielder who has been causing quite a stir in Serie A this season.

Although in fairness to Pogba it did seem that the decision was harsh; with no real contact made with Xavi for the second booking.

But an early red-card in an international career is not necessarily the beginning of the end for the Frenchman. Plenty of big names have suffered such a fate; including this guy…

Lionel Messi was sent off after just 44 seconds of his international career for ‘elbowing’ Hungarian rival Vilmos Vanczak by contentious referee Markus Merk.

He has since gone on to play 78 games for Albiceleste since that eventful debut at 18-years-old and for the last two seasons he has been in perhaps his best ever form for his country.

So Pogba can at least look to Messi for solace after a disappointing second cap for his country.

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