Why Paul Pogba WON’T win Ballon d’Or, according to Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps believes Paul Pogba will not win the Ballon d’Or due to the position he plays in.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on November 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The France national team boss believes his compatriot is an incredible talent but is certain the Manchester United star will be penalised for the position he plays in.

The 23-year-old became the world’s most expensive player when he returned to Old Trafford in a monstrous £89.3million deal.

But with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo hogging the award since Kaka won in 2007, Deschamps believes it would take something extremely special to give Pogba a chance of winning it.

‘He’s a midfielder,’ he told RMC. ‘The Ballon d’Or is for forwards or No. 10s, apart from rare exceptions in certain competitions. They’re players who score goals.

‘Paul has scored some, he’s going to score some, but he won’t score three goals per match.

‘That’s not his game.’

Pogba has only scored twice in the Premier League since his return and has only shown flashes of the brilliance United fans would hope to see on a regular basis.

That has led to criticism for the France international and Deschamps hinted that some of the individual pieces of skill he pulls off are designed to fend off his critics.

‘All expectations are focused on him and it will always be like that,’ he added.

‘He’s someone who is always catching the eye with a move. He can do things others can’t, but he has to also be in the reality of what is good for the team.

‘We’re talking about a young player. He’s at a club where he is used in different positons.

‘Even when he does things well, it’s never enough. So, you can understand why that pushes him to do things that are out of the ordinary but which are not necessarily useful.’

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