It’s important to remember that the vast majority of the French squad is originally of African descent. They didn’t shy away from their roots, in fact they used it to unify the squad and bring the non-Africans aboard and Pogba was the architect of this. If you didn’t smile watching Antoine Griezmann trying to shaku shaku with the African boys then you might just be an angry old man.
It has been a journey of resiliency for the 5-foot-5 defensive midfielder. It certainly takes belief to make the move from Uruguay to Italy as a 19-year-old. It takes even more to be an immediate starter- he has been for all of the three years he has spent in Italian football.
We all know the severity of the situation in war-torn Syria and the national team’s progress in World Cup qualifying was a ray of hope in an otherwise bleak situation. Unfortunately, for those of us who love an underdog story, Australia won in extra time.