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Paul Pogba Wins FIFA U20 World Cup Golden Ball Award, Assufiah Takes Golden Boot

Paul Pogba holding his Golden Ball Award. Image: Getty/FIFA.com

Paul Pogba holding his Golden Ball Award. Image: Getty/FIFA.com

As well as a winners medal, Paul Pogba took home the prestigious Golden Ball Award from the FIFA U20 World Cup.

The France and Juventus midfielder captained the champions to glory with some commanding performances throughout the tournament.

The 20-year-old was also credited with inspiring certain performances and rallying his team when the odds seemed stacked up against them and morale was low.

Pogba told FIFA.com: ” It goes without saying that you need to be at your best in World Cup finals, especially as a lot was expected of us, especially me. Right from the start, I was determined to do well, and I’m sure that was obvious from my first few touches. And I was rewarded with the U-20 World Cup trophy and this individual award I’m holding right now.

When asked about his coach Pierre Mankowski and further expectations of the young Frenchman, Pogba replied: “I always try to do something well, to do it better, and sometime that means that I do too much. But his advice is useful, because you need to keep things simple. That comes with experience, I think.

“The more matches you play, the more you start to understand the game and make the right decisions. That’s how you can tell a great player from a good player, like Xavi, Andres Inistea, Abou Diaby and Yaya Toure. I know that I still have a lot of work to do. But right now, I’m just happy to have won the Golden Ball award and the U-20 World Cup.”

Runner-up to Pogba was Nicolas Lopez, who showed his impressive talents during Uruguay’s run to the final. The AS Roma striker made some decisive chances for his team and was highly praised for conjuring these out of nowhere.

Ebenezer Assufiah of Ghana took home the Golden Boot Award for the topscorer with six goals. He took a while to show his scoring prowess in Turkey and was sometimes criticized for being wasteful, but the topscorer gong at a world tournament is obviously a huge honour and to beat the likes of Bruma and Jese Rodriguez, who finished second and third respectively, to the award is something to be proud of.

He said: “It was far from easy to get that many goals over the course of the tournament and I’m very proud of what I achieved.”

 

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