Pogba comparisons don't put me under more pressure - Gravenberch

Ryan Gravenberch, Netherlands Euro 2020Getty

Ajax star Ryan Gravenberch says he does not feel extra pressure from comparisons to Paul Pogba.

The midfielder has established himself as one of the most promising midfielders in world football after an impressive breakthrough in the Eredivisie last season.

The Netherlands international's performances have seen him compared to the Manchester United midfielder as well as Oranje icon Frank Rijkaard.

What has been said?

Gravenberch is not bothered by being likened to such big figures and hopes to be the one future stars are expected to measure up to.

“I see people comparing me to such celebrities as a compliment and doesn't put me under any extra pressure," he said to De Telegraaf.

"I think I should try to be myself. Ten years from now, if young footballers are told they look like Ryan Gravenberch, then I've done well in my career."

Gravenberch wants to improve next season

The 19-year-old registered three goals and five assists in the Eredivisie last season.

He went on to win the Johan Cruyff Award for most promising young player, but he hopes to be even more productive for the Dutch champions in 2021-22.

"As a midfielder in an attacking team like Ajax you have to score more than three goals," he said.

"That is obvious. Especially if your team scores 102 times. Around the penalty area I have to shoot earlier and more often. And it is important that I get into the 18-yard area more often."

Article continues below

He added: "Now that I have won the Johan Cruyff Award as the greatest talent in the Eredivisie, I am finished with talent. I also want to win the Golden Shoe. And I'm going to do my best to achieve that goal.

"But the team interest always comes before the individual interest. That is why becoming champions, winning the cup and spending the winter in the Champions League are the most important goals."

Further reading