Paul Pogba has hit back at his critics ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Paul Pogba was booed by some sections of the crowd at the Allianz Riviera when he was substituted during Friday’s 3-1 win against Italy.
His manager Didier Deschamps defended him after the game but Pogba has offered up his own defence in an interview with French magazine France Football.
“I’ve always been like that,” Pogba said of his playing style.
“When I’ve won, I’ve won being like that. That’s my style of play.
You’re not going to criticise Messi when he walks on the park. If he scores three goals are you going to say: ‘Ah but he’s walking on the pitch?’ No. You can’t tell me how to play.
“If I’m here today, it’s as I am. No-one has told me how I must behave. That’s my football, that’s all.
“People can like it or not. Do I need this to be loved? Do I need people to judge me differently? Or do they talk better about me?”
Pogba also addressed the perception around him saying that he doesn’t waste time worrying about what other people may think of him.
“I’m not going to live on what people think, for them to say that I’m nice, good, the best, perfect. Everyone has their opinion. And I respect that.
“I play football, I do what I like. My relatives support me, they’re more important.
“We can’t love everyone and be loved by everyone. That would be perfection and nothing is perfect in this world.
“I’m not going to be offended if someone says: ‘I don’t love you.’ That’s your right. You don’t have to love me.”