Pogba will be the best in the world – Ferdinand

The former centre-back believes the 22-year-old has what it takes to reach the top and win a Ballon d’Or in the future


Paul Pogba is destined to become the world’s best player in the next few years, according to Rio Ferdinand.

The 22-year-old has developed into one of the game’s most sought-after midfielders during his time at Juventus following his move from Manchester United in 2012.

And Ferdinand insists he has everything required to reach the very pinnacle of the world game.

“I think he has the personality to be the best,” the retired defender told BT Sport.

“I think Pogba really will go on to be the best player in the world in the next three or four years. He has got that personality and desire to be the best player.

“The way he trains, the way he looks at his game. He believes in himself like not many other players I have seen.

“Potentially, Pogba can be a Ballon d’Or winner.”

Ferdinand admitted Sir Alex Ferguson could have used the France international more prior to his departure but said that is much easier to say now than it was at the time.

“I think he could have used him, but that is with hindsight,” the 36-year-old said. “Sir Alex Ferguson would say the same thing.

“I asked Pogba ‘Why are you going? Where are you going? You are going to Juventus and that is not as good a league as the Premier League. You are at Manchester United. What are you doing?’

“He looked at me deadpan and went: ‘I want to be the best player in the world and I am not playing. I want to go and play.'”

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