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Pogba makes 'beautiful' Mecca pilgrimage to say thank you for Man United season

12:10 am AEST 30/5/17
Paul Pogba Manchester United
After a long season of ups and downs - including lifting the Europa League trophy - the Frenchman is on a journey to give thanks

Paul Pogba is visiting Islam's holiest city, Mecca, to pray, offer his appreciation for a successful season with Manchester United and mark the beginning of Ramadan.

Bayern, Man Utd and the 2017-18 kits

The world's most expensive footballer posted a photo of himself on Saturday with with his bags packed, accompanied by the caption “On my way to go say thank you for this season. See you soon Manchester!”

Pogba is performing the journey of Umrah, a non-mandatory pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia which may be performed at any time of the year.

 

Most beautiful thing I've seen in my life

A post shared by Paul Labile Pogba (@paulpogba) on May 28, 2017 at 4:59am PDT

Upon his arrival at the Masjid al-Haram, the Europa League winner admitted that it was “the most beautiful thing he's seen in his life”.

 

Ramadan Kareem Bon Ramadan #makkah #blessed

A post shared by Paul Labile Pogba (@paulpogba) on May 27, 2017 at 8:49pm PDT

Pogba has visited Mecca before to perform the tradition of the Hajj, the pilgrimage which must be made at least once in every adult Muslim's life and which is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith.

The Frenchman was struck by personal tragedy earlier this month when his father passed away.

Man Utd gave him personal time off but he returned in style, scoring in both the club's final two games of the season, including the Europa League final.