Mino Raiola has said that his client Paul Pogba wants to win the Balon d’Or and any transfer move will be with that in mind
Eyes on the prize: Pogba wants the Ballon d'Or
The French superstar midfielder, who currently plays for Juventus, may well stay with the Italian champions, however Raiola has revealed that the Frenchman wants the best project that will help him to go on to compete for world football’s biggest player prize.
Pogba is one of Europe’s hottest prospects, and he has been relentlessly linked with a switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid, with their current manager Zinedine Zidane known to be one of his leading admirers.
Manchester United let Pogba go for nothing
United let Pogba go on a free to Italy after former FA Youth Cup winner fell out with legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, a disagreement that many around Old Trafford are now deeply ruing.
Raiola, Pogba’s agent, has not ruled out a switch to Spain nor a continued sojourn in Italy, but he has said if the player were to move, it would cost ‘as much as Disney’.
Zidane is keen on Pogba
And speaking to Marca, he highlighted the importance of Pogba’s pursuit of the Ballon d’Or.
“Pogba can play in any position. He hasn't scored very many goals because Italian football is defensive, but he notched 10-12 assists. He moves a lot and runs 10-13km per game," he said. "He can certainly play in a more attacking role, few people can play in the spaces between the midfield and the attack the way he does.
“He dreams of the Ballon d'Or, that's clear. Real Madrid would certainly be the right environment to win it, you can't argue with the club's history.
“For Paul, [Coach Zinedine] Zidane and Real Madrid have always been something special. He admires them. There have been other clubs, like Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain where he has a home, Barcelona, but Real...
“He's always admired Zidane and he told me as much. That's going to factor into his decision.”
France's Paul Pogba
His admiration for Zidane may swing his decision one way but what may become an impenetrable stumbling block may be his price tag, with Juventus recently slapping a world record equivalent price tag on their star man.
It may be a while before Pogba finally makes a decision on his future, with his focus currently on the European Championships and France, who yesterday confirmed their place in the Round of 16 as group winners.