Paul Pogba has completed his world-record transfer to Manchester United, and tongues are wagging about the £89m paid for his services.
In his defense, former team-mate Rio Ferdinand, who made 453 appearances for the Old Trafford giants after a similar British record transfer of £30m from Leeds, believes the 23-year old is worth every penny spent by Manchester United.
“Paul is a huge talent and someone with the personality to handle that price tag,” Ferdinand was quoted saying.
The former Juventus talisman joined United in 2009 as a precarious youngster.
Frustrated with limited playing opportunities; recording only seven substitute appearances, he left Manchester United in 2012 for a fee around £1.5m.
In his early years in Juventus, he developed into one of the most promising young players in the world, helping the Italian side to four consecutive Serie A titles, as well as two Coppa Italia, and two Supercoppa Italiana titles.
In 2013, he received the Golden Boy award, an award handed to the best under-21 player in Europe.
“He can do everything. He is still working out the best way to use all of his weapons but, once he does, he will be an absolute monster of a player.” Ferdinand continued.
“Paul told me before he left that he wanted to be the best player in the world,”
“He is on the right track to achieving that.
“He won a lot of trophies at Juventus and his mentality means he wants to keep on winning things. If he does that at United then he will be up there to contend for individual accolades as well.
“From training with him and playing with him I know all about his self-belief and work ethic, as well as his ability as a player. Those are the two big things you need to be a success at United.
“Paul’s character means he will deal with being such a big investment – so that won’t be a problem.
“As well as that, he will relish the responsibility on his shoulders of bringing medals and trophies to the club. That won’t faze him at all.”
Manchester United begin their premier league campaign against Bournemouth on Sunday, August 14th, and Pogba is expected to play a part in the lunchtime kickoff.