Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba won’t be phased by criticism over his personality and playing style, and he certainly isn’t about to change anything because of it either.
France Football recently ran a poll and results showed that a whopping 73% said they wanted to see Pogba dropped by coach Didier Deschamps in favor of Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso.
“A lot of people are proud of what I do and what I represent,” Pogba told France Football. “When they meet me in person, they’re surprised and say to themselves I’m really nice.
“From the outside, they don’t have that image and think I’m a star, arrogant, that I’m going to look down on them. It’s funny. In fact, I’m just me. Those who don’t know me look only at appearances.
“There will always be people who think: ‘Ah, he’s a bighead, ah, he shows off,’ and everyone has the right to their opinion. You have the right to criticise me — to speak. But that’s not going to change me.”
As far as his playing style goes, Pogba says it’s the way he’s always played, and the way he’s always been.
“I have always been like that. What I have won, I have won by being like that. I’m like that. It’s my playing style. You’re not going to criticise [Lionel] Messi when he walks on the pitch. He scores three goals and you’re going to say: ‘Ah, but he walks on the pitch?’ No.
“People can’t tell me how I have to play. No-one can tell me how I have to play. If I’m in this position today, it’s by being like this. No one has told me how to be. It’s my football, that’s all. People either love it or not.
“Do I need that for people to love me? Do I need that for people to judge me differently? Or speak better of me?”
Pogba is no stranger to harsh criticism, even from teammates, opponents, and coaches, but he is forging ahead with what he does best.