Paul Pogba hugs Lionel Messi after the round-of-16 match Image: AFP
The French national team trounced Argentina 4-3 on Saturday to drown Lionel Messi’s flickering hope to lift the third World Cup for La Albiceleste. And Paul Pogba, who plays for Manchester United in the Premier League, was one of the important architects of France’s victory that ensured them a quarter-final berth.
Now, as Les Bleus are busy limbering up for their next game against Uruguay, Pogba’s respect for Messi seems to have multiplied.
“We know that we are playing against probably the best player in the world. For 10 years now I have been watching him, learning from him. He makes me love football more, always. We want to play against the best, and today we won against the best. I will always be united with him, world class players like him, that is all I want to say,” Pogba was quoted as saying after the round-of-16 clash.
At the 2014 World Cup, Argentina had reached the finals and lost against an armed-to-the-teeth Germany. And the 2018 edition, which had been touted as Messi’s last WC outing, has served as a major disappointment for Argentine fans.