'He’s someone who needs to feel loved': Griezmann defends Pogba over 'harsh' media attitude
- Paul appears to be Antoine's best friend within the France National Team.
- The striker brands the 26-year-old a hard worker & a remarkable player.
- The 28-year-old feels bad as the teammate gets over-exposed in the media.
- He doesn't get the recognition he deserves.
- Pogba might win the Ballon d'Or one day.
Antoine Griezmann, who has announced his decision to leave Atletico Madrid, has released his new book 'Getting To The Top Of World Football'.
A significant part of it is devoted to France's triumphal World Cup in Russia. The striker has lifted the lid on his close relationship with Paul Pogba and discussed the midfielder's current situation at Manchester United:
"From the beginning, I had got on particularly well with Paul Pogba. We were always together when we were with the national team.
"We speak a lot during the season, we send each other photos via Snapchat. He, too, is very family orientated. He, too, likes to laugh and to set the mood.
"Paul is a great guy. Because of his over-exposure in the media, his transfer fee and his spectacular style of play, everything he does is scrutinised.
"All the lights are trained on him. The press is very demanding with him, sometimes too harsh in my opinion. You can get the feeling that everything just slides off him, but it’s not the case.
"I suggested that he shouldn’t pay too much attention to what’s said about him and that he should just get his head down. He is such a hard worker, a remarkable player.
"And he’s someone who needs to feel loved. The media, even though they are doing their job, should encourage this more. People shouldn’t forget that he’s only young. He doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Paul has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or one day."