John Obi Mikel has tipped Manchester United star Paul Pogba to win the Ballon d’Or award in the future.
Paul Pogba moved to Manchester United for world-record £89 million this summer, after spending four trophy laden years at Juventus. However, since his return to the Theatre of Dreams, the Frenchman has failed to impress and justify his enormous price tag, and has therefore come under a lot of criticism.
But despite his below-par performances, he still has the faith of his manager, Jose Mourinho, his fellow teammates, and also the loyal fans of Manchester United.
And now, one more unlikely figure has expressed his confidence in the young midfielder’s abilities. Speaking to Goal, Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has revealed that he thinks Paul Pogba could very well go on to win the Ballon d’Or one day.
He said: “I met Pogba after the game against France and he is a lovely guy. He is a lovely human being. Today he is the world’s most expensive football player and he has worked hard since he left Man United and went to Juve. He had a great, great career back at Juventus.
“Now, he is back at United and says that he is back where he belongs, that is his home. He looks like he missed Man United, the way he plays, the way he presents himself. I think he is a great talent who will one day win the Ballon d’Or.
“He is a great talent – it takes the whole team to stop such a player,” Mikel added.
“He has improved quite a lot and become a much much better player. If we come across each other again, I hope can both have a great game and may the best man win.”
Mikel and Pogba could face each other as early as this Sunday in the Premier League, if Chelsea boss Antonio Conte decides to play the Nigerian.