Gianluigi Buffon singing the praises of Juventus teammate Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

Gianluigi Buffon backs Juventus teammate Paul Pogba to become one of France’s top three players of all time

Manchester United have been reminded time and time again about the mistake they made with Paul Pogba in 2012.

The French youngster joined the Red Devils’ youth academy in 2009 and was given his first-team debut by then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson in September 2011.

However, not happy with the first-team chances he received in the 2011-12 season and believing that Ferguson did not have enough faith in him, Pogba left United and joined Juventus on a free transfer in the summer of 2012.

Since then, Pogba has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world and is now a first-team regular for the Italian champions.

Still 21, the France international is always developing and improving, and could become one of his country’s top three players of all time, according to Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

'Paul is a top rate talent and if he maintains his focus and desire to enjoy his football, he could become one of the three best ever French players of all time', Juventus's official websites quotes the Italian as saying.

Buffon is one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time and a World Cup winner – his lofty praise for Pogba cannot be dismissed at all.

Pogba is indeed a tremendous footballer and arguably the best young player in the world at the moment. The Frenchman is still in the early years of his career, but if he continues to play the way he has been playing for the past two seasons, then there is little reason to doubt that he will not develop into one of the greatest midfielders of all time.

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