World Cup 2022: Paul Pogba Sends Vital Message to France Ahead of Final
- France will be aiming to become only the second side in 60 years to win back-to-back World Cups since Brazil in 1958 and 1962
- In their path is a determined Argentina backed by a vocal crowd and the mercurial talisman, Lionel Messi
- But Paul Pogba, who missed the 2022 World Cup due to injury, is upbeat about the chance of Les Bleus
Paul Pogba has sent an inspiring message to cheer his France teammates ahead of the impending showdown with Argentina.
France, holders of the World Cup, will be aiming to defend their trophy from 2018 when they cross swords with Argentina in the Grand Finale at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.
Despite missing out on the 2022 World Cup due to injury, Pogba has made it a point to send messages of encouragement to the France squad from time to time.
He is deemed one of the outspoken players in the French team and in spite of his physical absence, the Juventus midfielder has made his presence felt via a moving message.
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“Okay guys, for a second time, guys, in the World Cup final. And this is a second time in a row, so I give you all my support, all my strength,” Pogba said in a video as quoted by GFFN.
He added: “A final you know, it is not played it is won! I wish you the best. Good luck to you. Go Blues!”
When is the final?
According to Sportingnews, the 2022 World Cup final will be staged on Sunday, December 18 at 1500 hours GMT.
Pogba banned from World Cup
Paul Pogba will not be available to cheer his France teammates in Qatar when they take on Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday, December 18.
The Juventus midfielder missed the tournament after being excluded from the squad by Didier Deschamps following his injury a few weeks into his return to Italy.
According to the Daily Mirror, Pogba has reportedly been banned from attending the World Cup final by Juventus despite plans being put in place for the midfielder to fly over.
Mbappe warns Messi
Sports Brief earlier reported that Kylian Mbappe is widely expected to take over the mantle from Lionel Messi when he retires in two or three years' time.
Messi has already indicated that the 2022 World Cup would be his last, signalling an end to an illustrious career that has seen him win everything bar one trophy.
Mbappe is reportedly a self-proclaimed Cristiano Ronaldo fan and could have the extra impetus to deny Messi the last and dream hoorah he'd want at the Lusail Stadium.