The Frenchman’s incredible 26-step run-up for his penalty kick instantly became a trending topic on social media, with supporters and rivals alike expressing their opinions regarding the unusual ritual.
While manager Jose Mourinho urged the midfielder to change his approach, Pogba himself explained his style by confessing the following: “I always try and destabilize the keeper, maybe they know how I take penalties, maybe I should practice to change it, if the keepers know my step.”
Despite the World Cup winner’s defence, however, social media continued to discuss his run-up, with a special trend, #ThingsYouCanDoDuringPogbasPenaltyRunUp, emerging from the incident.
A variety of tweets, rigth from Luke Shaw’s witty remark regarding the revival of his own career, to Spurs finally finishing the construction of their new stadium, were on display on the social networking site.
However, the following tweet concerning Usain Bolt is what stood out due to it’s sheer factual nature:
Fun fact: Usain Bolt took 9.58 seconds to beat 100M World Record at World Champs. While Paul Pogba took 9.90 seconds to complete penalty run up vs Everton😮
— Abu Khalilah (@famochi09) October 29, 2018
As the tweet points out, the Jamaican sprinter-turned-footballer did actually complete his world record-breaking 100-meter sprint back in 2009 a whole 0.32 seconds faster than Pogba finished the short run-up to his penalty against the Toffees.
A genuinely mind-boggling stat, to say the very least! Was Bolt too fast, or Paul too slow?