Juventus and Italy ‘keeper Gianluigi Buffon believes his former teammate and current Manchester United player Paul Pogba can become the best player in the world.
Pogba, who this summer became the world’s most expensive player after joining Manchester United in an £89 million deal, has this week expressed his desire to win Ballon D’Or whilst playing for United.
After watching Pogba impress on his second debut for the club he left in 2012, veteran ‘keeper Buffon spoke of how he believes Pogba has improved greatly ever since joining Juventus in 2012, and can reach the level of fellow French greats Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini.
“With luck it is possible. The kid is a tremendous warrior on the pitch, but also has so much talent” Buffon told Sky Sports.
“His control of the ball and the way he canswiftly change the play from defence to attack is special, and for us it hurts to lose him”.
When fellow Juventus and France legends Platini and Zidane’s names were raised, the 38-year-old ‘keeper – himself now Italy’s highest capped player with 161 appearances to his name – was hesitant to draw any direct comparisons.
“It’s not easy to compare him to greats of the past, but he has many details of the games of both Platini and Zidane”.
Buffon did however state his belief that Pogba will continue to challenge for major honours, with the French midfielder having already collected four Serie A titles – as well as a Champions League runner’s up medal – during his time in Italy.
“I have no doubts that Paul will be a success in the Premier League. It may take him some time to adapt, but I’m certain he will do it, especially as he knows the club well which is important”.
“The important thing is that his attitude is excellent on the pitch and in training. The thing we will miss most now he has gone is his closeness with everyone in the team.”