Brazil legend Ricardo Kaka has claimed that Paul Pogba will feel the pressure of having a world-record £100 million price tag hanging over his head.
Kaka, who won the Ballon D’Or in 2007, spent a week as the world’s most expensive player when he signed for Real Madrid from AC Milan for £56 million in 2009. Cristiano Ronaldo then broke that record, as Real signed the Portuguese from Manchester United in a deal worth around £80 million. Real then broke their own record again in 2013, when they lured Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for £84 million.
Real have been the record holders for the highest transfer fee paid for a player since 2000. But the transfer of Pogba back to United for £100 million means the Old Trafford outfit now comfortably hold that record.
Kaka failed to live up to his price tag at the Bernabeu, and has warned Pogba that it won’t be easy to carry the burden of being the most expensive player in the world, but he believes the Frenchman is worth the money United paid for him.
Kaka hasn’t retired yet, and is currently playing in the MLS for Orlando City, where he is the captain.
Speaking to Omnisport, he said: “It is a lot of pressure for sure, when you have a move like this with a lot of money.
“The club did this because they understand that he will bring a lot of things. He is a very good player, very young. United have a plan for him and he is probably worth it.”
Pogba will miss United’s opening Premier League fixture against Bournemouth because of an accumulation of yellow cards in Italy that has been carried on to England.
Jose Mourinho refused to talk much about the situation, claiming he is more focused on the players who are going to play rather than those who won’t.
Jose said: “I don’t speak about him. He’s suspended and I don’t speak about suspended players or injured players. I speak about the ones that are ready to play, so I forget Paul for a few days. On Tuesday, he will be ready to play.
“I knew the situation with the yellow cards but I didn’t know at that time if an accumulation of yellow cards would bring a player to suspension.
“I didn’t know if the suspension would be in Italian football, a suspension for the same competition, or the correspondent competition in England, the FA Cup. I didn’t know that, so I was waiting for the decision.”