Paul Pogba Sets the Record Straight About Viral Video, Issues New Update About Himself

Paul Pogba Sets the Record Straight About Viral Video, Issues New Update About Himself

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at June 26, 2024 at 10:53 AM
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  • Embattled football star, Paul Pogba, has provided clarity on the trending video of him making purportedly controversial comments
  • In the video, the Frenchman, who has been banned for four years after being found guilty of doping, could be heard saying he no longer existed
  • Meanwhile, the ex-Man United star will be unable to play in any competitive football games until 2027, when he will be aged 34

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Former French international Paul Pogba once expressed the harsh realities of football after facing severe criticism despite a glittering career, declaring that he 'doesn't exist anymore.'

The ex-Manchester United star, who is enduring the worst stage of his career, made the statement in an old interview that has resurfaced.

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Paul Pogba appears dejected during the UEFA Nations League final game against Spain on October 10, 2021. Photo by DeFodi Images.
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While the Frenchman hopes his four-year ban will be reduced through an appeal, an old video of the 2013 Golden Boy Award winner making a supposed controversial comment has resurfaced, creating a buzz online.

Explaining Pogba's 'I'm dead' viral video

The viral video, in which Pogba admits he’s "dead" and "no longer exists," left fans bewildered. Many expressed concerns because it seemed to be a recent interview.

However, these comments were from an interview conducted by Al Jazeera nearly two years ago, before he received his four-year ban.

What did Pogba say in the interview?

In the original video, released on September 11, 2023, the 31-year-old shared his feelings about facing criticism in the cut-throat world of football, where stars like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and himself must constantly prove their worth.

"Football is very beautiful but it's cruel. You can do something great and the next day you're nobody."

Referring to some of the specific narratives usually hurled at him, Pogba said:

"I'm over, I'm dead. Paul Pogba doesn't exist anymore."

How did Pogba set the record straight about the viral video?

However, the 2018 World Cup winner clarified that these comments were old and taken out of context to generate clicks. He reassured his fans that he remains "alive."

“Old sarcastic comments were deceptively portrayed as authentic and recent to generate clicks,” wrote Pogba in a story posted on his Instagram account via EuroFoot.
“I’m still alive guys, don’t worry.”

Will Pogba play football again?

While this update has reassured fans about his mental health and well-being, it remains uncertain whether the embattled French star will return to football after serving his ban.

Pogba will be 34 by the end of his suspension, making a return to the sport challenging but not impossible for the once-prominent figure.

Pogba bags movie role after football ban

Meanwhile, the Frenchman has reportedly found a new opportunity, as reported by Sports Brief, with Pogba set to join a movie slated for release in April next year.

The former Manchester United player will reportedly portray a youth team football coach in a French film titled 4 Zeros, with his football career seemingly over.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.