'Pirlo is my hero' – Pogba

The France international says he is lucky to share the field with the Italy star and admits his time at Manchester United is the low point of his career to date

Paul Pogba has said Juventus team-mate Andrea Pirlo is his sporting hero and has admitted he tries to emulate the Italy international.

The 21-year-old has been a vital component to the Serie A champions since his move from Manchester United in 2012, cementing a place in Antonio Conte’s starting XI alongside Arturo Vidal and Pirlo en route to winning back-to-back Serie A titles.

And the France international admitted that he feels fortunate to be able to feature alongside his role model. 

“I am lucky that I get to play with my hero – Andrea Pirlo,” he told Mail Sport. “I make no secret I want to become like him. He has won everything, and he has won it playing such an important role.”

The midfielder was then asked about the high and low points of his career so far and he confessed his time at Old Trafford fell under the latter category, as he says he didn’t feel respected at the English outfit.

“I can’t choose between the two league titles with Juventus and winning my first international cap for
France. They were both very special.

“My time at Manchester United [is the worst of my career]. Of course when you are at such a big club you understand you need to be patient for your chance, but I did not feel respected or valued as a player or a man.”

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