A bit rusty Paul? Pogba plays for the first time since APRIL in star-studded exhibition in Miami with Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos as the former Man United star closes in on his return to Juventus
- Paul Pogba joined former Juventus teammate Paulo Dybala on team Ronaldinho
- The game ended 12-10 and was filled with Brazil stars including Cafu and Rivaldo
- Pogba was in Miami for the premier of his new Amazon Prime documentary
- Frenchman has come in for criticism from fans since clips from it were released
Paul Pogba has made his first post-Manchester United appearance in a Miami exhibition match featuring an impressive list of names.
The fixture, labelled ‘the beautiful game’, boasted teams of current and retired stars led by Brazil legends Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos respectively.
Pogba will be leaving United upon the expiry of his contract this month and is expected to rejoin Juventus ahead of next season.
Paul Pogba has played his first game since it was announced he is leaving Manchester United
Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos led teams of past and present stars in a Miami exhibition
The 29-year-old midfielder played on Ronaldinho’s side in Miami alongside his former Juventus team-mate Paulo Dybala as well as Blaise Matuidi, who plays his domestic football locally for David Beckham’s Inter Miami, and Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior.
Carlos’ team meanwhile featured ex-United stars Radamel Falcao and Nani plus World Cup winners Rivaldo and Cafu.
The game finished 12-10 to Team Roberto Carlos in a game that put little value on defending.
The midfielder had previously not not played since being subbed off for United after 10 minutes in their 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anflield in April.
Paul Pogba played for Ronaldinho’s side alongside his former Juventus teammate Paulo Dybala
He missed four games with a calf injury but was not included in the squad when he was fit for the final game of the season.
It was a fitting end to a disappointing six years at Old Trafford for the Frenchman that saw him fail to live up to his hefty price tag.
Pogba was in Miami to advertise his new documentary ‘Paul Pogba: The Pogmentary’.
The documentary explores Pogba’s reasoning in leaving Manchester United, and is available to watch on Amazon Prime now.
Pogba was in Miami for the premiere of his new documentary ‘Paul Pogba: The Pogmentary’
It carries the strapline: ‘You know the footballer. Discover the man.’
Pogba has come in for plenty of criticism from fans since clips from the documentary were released, with some labelling him as ‘removed from reality’ and a ‘greedy overrated egomaniac’ after he disclosed information about his contract talks with United.
One section of the documentary shows the Frenchman and his late agent Mino Raiola discussing a contract offer of £300,000-a-week from United last summer.
‘How can you tell a player you absolutely want him and offer him nothing?’ Pogba says. ‘Never seen that.’
‘Playing is all that matters, winning too. My thought process is to show Manchester they shouldn’t have waited this long to offer a contract and to show other clubs that Manchester made a mistake in not offering a contract.’
Pogba was up against an incredible line-up featuring the liked of Roberto Carlos and Cafu
In another part of the new documentary series, Raiola speaks about the contrast between the Pogba that under-performed for United and the player who won the World Cup with France in 2018.
The agent says: ‘You’re different with the national team. You’re another Pogba with the national team and with Manchester. It’s not normal.
‘The French team gets the real Pogba – the Pogba from Juventus, the Pogba we all love.
‘With Manchester there’s something blocking you. I think it’s very stressful.’
Speaking on a TikTok live about Pogba’s departure, United legend Gary Neville said: ‘It’s been a partnership that, to be fair, has failed on both sides so that is what you’d have to say on that one.
‘There is no winner when a player leaves after six years with the money that has been spent and very little has been won.
‘The player leaves dissatisfied and the club are dissatisfied with it as well. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth because it’s the second time it’s happened.
‘You wish him all the best in the future at Juventus.’