‘I do not have a star. It’s on the shirt, but I did not win it’: Paul Pogba dreams of writing his own history by beating Croatia in the World Cup final
- Paul Pogba’s desperate to add a star to his France shirt by winning the World Cup
- The famous blue jersey already has a star from France’s triumph in 1998
- However, Pogba is conscious that he and his team-mates didn’t win that star
- Les Bleus face Croatia in the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday
The famous blue jersey already carries a single star after Les Bleus’ triumph at their own finals in 1998, but Pogba is conscious that he and his team-mates did not earn that one.
Asked about Croatia wanting revenge for their semi-final defeat by France 20 years ago, the Manchester United midfielder told a press conference: ‘Croatia do not have stars – they want one. They have done very well and they want the victory, like us.
Paul Pogba told reporters at a press conference about his desire to make his own history
He is desperate to add a star to his France shirt by winning the World Cup on Sunday
‘But I do not have a star. It’s on the shirt, but I did not win it. We want to go looking for it like all players. It will be a World Cup final, a great match, difficult.’
France will head into Sunday’s final as favourites in the eyes of many, with Croatia having endured gruelling periods of extra time in each of their knockout matches.
However, that is not a theory to which Pogba subscribes.
Pogba believes France are not the favourites going into the World Cup final in Moscow
Les Bleus overcame Belgium in the semi-finals courtesy of Samuel Umtiti’s header on Tuesday
Pogba celebrates on the pitch after knocking Belgium out of the World Cup on Tuesday night
He said: ‘We are not thinking about it. Croatia played a very tough match against England. They did not give up. They were losing 1-0 and came back.
‘There are two teams and one cup. They have played 90 minutes more than us – I don’t know if it’s a disadvantage for them or if they’re going to want to show that they want to win even more.
‘For me, we are not favourites. We did not forget the doubts about us at the beginning of the competition, about our ability to play together.
‘We haven’t done anything yet.’
Luka Modric inspired Croatia to their 2-1 extra-time victory over England in the semi-finals
The 25-year-old is wary of the threat posed by Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic
Luka Modric inspired Croatia to their 2-1 extra-time victory over England in the semi-finals, but Pogba insists it would be a mistake to consider him the only threat.
Asked if they had a plan for the Real Madrid schemer, he replied: ‘It’s not only Modric – there is also (Ivan) Rakitic, (Ivan) Perisic and even the defenders.
‘I don’t think there will be a plan for Modric. There will be one for everyone.’
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.