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Paul Pogba has been one of the best midfielders in the world for the better part of a decade and has scored many truly exquisite goals for Juventus, Manchester United and France during that time.
Here’s a closer look at 13 of his best …
Pogba was the beneficiary of a retired corner routine when United took on Aston Villa in the Premier League during the 2019/20 ‘Project Restart’.
But he still had a lot to do to turn the situation into a goal. Pogba got ready to shoot, then used Villa’s defenders in front of him as a screen to curve the ball into the bottom corner.
One of Pogba’s first goals for United remains one of his best.
He had already converted from the penalty spot in this Europa League group stage clash against Fenerbahce in 2016 and proceeded to add an impressive second to contribute to the 4-1 victory.
The ball was hit on its way to the edge of the area by Jesse Lingard and the hasty Pogba simply swept his right-footed shot into the upper corner.
As France prepared for the 2018 World Cup, Les Bleus faced host Russia in a pre-match that spring, a game Pogba scored with a free-kick gem.
He stood on the ball at least 30 yards from goal and hit it with such precision and power that it curved over the wall and fell into the bottom corner. In celebration, the goal was dedicated to his later father on what would have been his 80th birthday.
Pogba scored Juventus’ first goal in a Serie A city derby against Torino in October 2015, taking the lead from midfield before unleashing a thunderous looping effort.
As the ball made its way to the Frenchman on the edge of the D, he sat down, and with the defenders rushing closer for the second, improv took over and … goal.
Pogba scored in two Turin derbies in one season in 2015/16, scoring the first goal when Juventus visited their city rivals in the reverse match in March of the campaign.
The free kick was close to 40 meters from the goal and few would have dared to shoot from that distance. Accuracy on power was key, bending it up and over the wall and away from the goalkeeper.
United was in dire need of something behind West Ham and Pogba was the player to pull it off on his return to the starting eleven after a rocky start in 2020/21.
United got a hand when umpires missed a long punt that was likely briefly curved offside and VAR couldn’t definitively verify, but as the play unfolded, Pogba was available to pass the ball into the net from 25 yards.
Pogba scored for France on the biggest stage of all when he found the net against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final, culminating an excellent singles tournament.
His first effort with the right foot on this play pass was blocked, but the ball bounced kindly and hit him the first time with his weaker left foot into the net from 20 yards.
Pogba was 19 when he scored his first career goal at the senior club and had only started a handful of games for Juventus after making the Manchester move in 2012.
It certainly was special to get him off the mark in an illustrious career to follow, guiding a low volley with his weaker left foot from 25 yards into the bottom corner.
Pogba showed excellent poise, balance and control to ensure this Premier League effort against Swansea ended up huddled at the net rather than hitting the Z line.
It would have been easy to catch the bouncing ball and send it skyward, but Pogba was composed and connected with flawless technique and a bit of kickback.
United kicked off the 2018/19 Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win over Swiss Young Boys and it was Pogba, wearing the captain’s armband, who got the ball rolling.
His orderly footwork on the edge of the penalty area designed the space for a shot and, albeit with minimal lift to the rear, he took the ball out with his left foot and into the top corner directly.
25 yards from Pogba’s goal, he didn’t have much at stake in a league clash with Sampdoria in the 2013/14 season, looking first to open the ball before cutting back to shoot.
The effort shot with his right foot, piercing through the defenseless goalkeeper and into the top corner. It was decisive in the 4-2 victory, which was Juve’s twelfth consecutive victory in Serie A.
Pogba scored a self-configured volley when Juventus beat Napoli 3-0 in the Serie in October 2013, turning a firm pass from Arturo Vidal into a truly spectacular goal.
Pogba’s first touch sent the ball flying, creating a perfect opportunity to volley on goal. That’s exactly what he did, waiting for her to fall and hit sweetly through him.
Again, very early in his career, Pogba scored a great goal for Juventus against Udinese in Serie A. He was still 20 years old and had a youthful arrogance that made him try things without fear.
The teen was perhaps 40 yards from goal when he picked up the ball and shaped it to shoot, deliberately cutting it to create a curve. The best angle was from behind him, showing the arc of the shot from outside to inside.