Buffon Draws Comparisons Between Pogba And Zidane

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Juventus and Italy goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, recently compared Paul Pogba to France legends Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini.

Pogba, who completed a world-record switch to Manchester United this summer, will be entering the 2016/17 season with a fair amount of pressure on his shoulders.

United paid almost £90 million to secure the Frenchman’s services, and the Red Devils will be hoping he can help the squad translate that enormous price tag into a few trophies.

Gianluigi Buffon, who played with Pogba throughout his career in Italy, recently compared the 23-year-old to Zinedine Zidane – another man alongside whom Buffon played at Juve.

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The 38-year-old Italian Goalkeeper revealed that he thinks Paul Pogba can experience as much success at Manchester United as Zinedine Zidane experienced throughout his career.

When asked on whether Pogba can reach the same level of Zidane and Platini, Buffon replied:

“With luck it is possible. The kid is a tremendous warrior on the pitch but also has so much talent.

“His control of the ball and the way he can swiftly change the play from defence to attack is special – and for us, it hurts to lose him.”

Buffon went on to state that it is hard to draw conclusions at the moment, but Pogba has similar attributes to Zidane as well as Platini.

“It’s not easy to compare him to greats of the past but he has many details of the games of both Platini and Zidane.”

Pogba won a total of four league titles with Juventus as also helped the Italians reach the Champion’s League final in 2015.

Buffon believes Pogba will accumulate more trophies during his time in Manchester, however, he did mention that Pogba could need some time to adapt to the Premier League.

“I have no doubts that Paul will be a success in the Premier League. It may take some time to adapt but I’m certain he will do it, especially as he knows the club well which is important.

“The important thing is that his attitude is excellent on the pitch and in training. The thing we will miss most now he has gone is his closeness with everyone in the team.”

 

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