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Juve's Paul Pogba tipped for Ballon d'Or

December 5, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent,

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta believes Paul Pogba will one day win the Ballon d'Or after the Frenchman was named Europe's best under-21 player in 2013.

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Pogba, 20, won this year’s Golden Boy award -- voted for by European journalists -- and in doing so followed in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Mario Balotelli and Anderson.

Paul Pogba Juventus
GettyImagesPaul Pogba joined the likes of Isco and Mario Goetze as recent recipients of the Golden Boy award.

The France midfielder captained his country to victory at the Under-20 World Cup and has continued his fine form at club level for Juventus, where he played a key role in the Bianconeri’s Scudetto triumph last season.  

Pogba’s progress since arriving in Turin from Manchester United has astonished even his club bosses, who admitted they did not expect him to become so strong so soon, and Marotta has now predicted an even brighter future for his first-team regular.

"We're proud to have chosen Pogba because when we signed him, he was only a prospect, and now he's a champion," Marotta said. "He has courage, intelligence and enterprise, all as part of his DNA.

"We're delighted with him and hope we can set major objectives together. Paul has everything it takes to aim for the Ballon d'Or too."

Pogba shares that ambition, telling Tuttosport: "I hope one day I'll win the Ballon d'Or. That's an award I'm also aiming for, although for sure I still have to improve, in everything, but I am fortunate to be playing with an Italian player who would deserve that prize today: Andrea Pirlo. I am lucky enough to be able to learn from him."

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