Paul Pogba has declared Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford and Paris Saint-Germain attacker Kylian Mbappe as the ‘future of football’.
Rashford has made good impact on and off the pitch in recent years, helping the club win the Europa League, FA Cup and EFL Cup since breaking into the first-team as a teenager in 2015 under Louis van Gaal.
Despite being only 23, Rashford is closing in on 300 appearances for United and has scored 11 goals in 40 appearances for England, who he will hope to fire to European Championship glory this summer.
Mbappe, meanwhile, is considered one of the best players in the world, he has scored 106 goals in 123 matches for PSG and also won the World Cup with France in 2018.
Pogba has hailed the duo as the ‘future of football’. And Speaking in a Q&A with United Review, he said: ‘They are two big, big, big talents. I think they are so young and so talented. ‘They achieved so much for their young age. I think they are the present and the future of football.’
Pogba was also asked to name the best French player of all time and he chose current Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane.
‘This is a tough question!’ he said. ‘Maybe I would say, and it is my opinion, and it would be because of my generation also, I might say Zinedine Zidane.
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‘It’s because of my generation that is who I see and all that. There are other names obviously – Henry, Platini, Jean-Pierre Papin – many, many icons, top-class players. But, from my generation, I would say Zinedine Zidane.’
He was also asked the question of which player he would choose between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Frenchman declined to offer a preference.
‘It’s a nice but trick question as there is no best for me,’ the midfielder said. ‘Two different players. They are two players who both bring joy to watch.
‘Any people are going to have their own opinion of them, just two legends. Me, I would just say they are two legends and not one is better than the other one. Just two people that give us football players, or football lovers, joy to watch.’