Behind-the-scenes footage has emerged of the stirring speech Paul Pogba gave to his France team-mates before the World Cup final.
Les Bleus won the World Cup for the second time in the nation’s history with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow on Sunday. And on Monday, a documentary aired on French TV station TF1 which revealed Pogba’s amazing leadership quality ahead of Argentina game.
The details boys… We want warriors on the pitch today,” the 25-year-old said. “I want everyone. Today, we run ourselves to death out on the pitch. No one drops off. On the pitch, we’re all together. We’re going to kill them today, these Argentines. Messi or no Messi, we don’t give a s***. We’re coming to win the World Cup. We have to get through this to do that. Come on boys!”
Didier Deschamps’ side then overcame Uruguay and Belgium en route to the final, before which Pogba again delivered an impassioned address.
“Guys, don’t forget, I might repeat myself, but we are only 90 minutes away from an amazing story. One game. I don’t know how many games we played in our careers, in our lives. But here, it is one game and it will change everything. It will change history.”
“There are two teams and one cup. It is the same for them, they want it. We lost a final, we know. We still have it here, here and here (showing hearts, guts and mind).
“Today, we don’t let another team take what is ours. Today we look at each other and we don’t let another team take what is ours.
“I want that tonight we make our place in every French person’s memory. And their kids, their grandkids… Today, 90 minutes to make it into history. For ever, forever guys.
The 25-year-old went on the score France’s third goal in the final, and became a world champion for the first time in his career.