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Pogba becomes first Premier League player with own Twitter emoji

19:15 SAST 2017/01/13
Paul Pogba Manchester United
The flamboyant midfielder will be immortalised in cartoon form to mark Sunday's big match, and fans will be able to interact through a #Pogba hashtag

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has become the first Premier League footballer to have his own Twitter emoji.

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The limited edition '#Pogba' emoji has been released ahead of one of the biggest matches of the season on Sunday as the Red Devils take on rivals Liverpool, and will stay live exclusively on Twitter until after United face reigning champions Leicester City on February 5.

United fans will find out how to trigger the emoji through instructions displayed in-game on the pitch-side digital hoardings. Further surprises are in store on the club's official Twitter account, @ManUtd, should the midfielder hit the net at Old Trafford.

“I am happy and thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to emojing! Let's have fun and kick some ass at #pogba," the star said as his digital likeness was revealed.

Manchester United Group Managing Director Richard Arnold, meanwhile, affirmed that the emoji would improve links with supporters across the world.

“Manchester United is the most connected and engaged club in world sport and we continually strive to find new ways to communicate with our global following of 659 million people," he explained.

"We are the number one Premier League team on social media with a reach of over 130 million total social connections across all platforms. Twitter is one of our most popular channels, last year gaining 3.3 million new followers; more than any other Premier League team.

"This emoji is another great tool for our supporters to connect with the club through a digital environment, particularly as the excitement builds for Sunday’s match.

“Since returning to the club Paul has become an important player. He is an iconic figure for our supporters around the world, one of the best players in the game and a terrific role model.”