Pogba: I want to win the Ballon d’Or

The Juventus starlet admits he has made mistakes in his short career in Turin, but insists his sole focus is becoming the world’s best player
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has set his sights on winning the Ballon d’Or in future following an excellent maiden campaign for the Serie A winners.

The France international played a pivotal role in the Bianconeri’s successful title defence this season, although he has grabbed headlines for the wrong reasons on occasion, having been punished for turning up late to training before he was sent off for spitting at Palermo’s Salvatore Aronica in early May.

The 20-year-old now admits he regrets his moment of madness, and insists he is focused on becoming a world-leading player for Antonio Conte’s side.

“I want to become the best in the world and win the Ballon d'Or. But to do that I have to avoid being late for training and getting suspended,” he told reporters.

“Spitting at Aronica? You shouldn’t do it, it's not nice.”

Pogba signed for Juventus after struggling to break into Manchester United’s team under Sir Alex Ferguson, but he refuted claims that he acted disrespectfully towards the retiring coach of the Premier League champions after leaving Old Trafford last summer.

“I have not been disrespectful. I would say the opposite because I said things to his face,” Pogba claimed.

“When I heard about the return of [Paul] Scholes I realised that for me, at United, there would have been no room.

 “I do not have a swelled head, I know where I come from, I only have a strong personality. I am direct, and most importantly I know where I'm going.”