Andrea Pirlo is used to being praised because of his exceptional footballing talents but he has reserved some special adoration of his own for France youngster Paul Pogba.
The Italian Maestro claims that the former Manchester United midfielder is the best youngster he has ever played football with in his career but also mentioned fellow Azzurri Marco Verratti as an exceptional talent.
The 36-year-old former teammate of Pogba at Juventus believes that player who made an instant impression when he first arrived in Turin has now improved even further thanks to his increased physical stature.
“Pogba is the best youngster I have seen,” said Pirlo to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We knew that he was a great player just from his first training session.
“He was skinny but his legs allowed him to be everywhere on the field. Now he is bigger and stronger.”
On Paris Saint-Germain’s Verratti, he said: “Verratti isn’t like me as a player but he can certainly be in the national team for the next 20 years.”
However, Pirlo did not fail to criticised the current nature of youth football, claiming that the majority of players are more interested on the fame rather than focusing upon their own progression.
“A youngster trains with the first team now and they think they have made it,” the former Brescia man added. “The most important thing for them is to be there and to take pictures.”
Pogba is originally from Guinea in Africa but pledged his allegiance with France and he is today one of the key players for the Les Blues and he is expected to play a key role for them at Euro 2016.