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Paul Pogba to start in new career following four-year drug ban from football



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Ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is swapping the floodlights of football stadiums for the bright lights of the movies as the Frenchman serves a four-year doping ban.

Pogba, 31, entertained the Old Trafford faithful regularly with his dazzling flare and flamboyant hairstyles, however, inconsistent performances meant that the World Cup winner never reached the expectations placed on him at United.

Spending six years in his second spell at the club the midfielder played under an assortment of managers including José Mourinho with the pair winning the Europa League together, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Ralf Rangnick, Pogba returned to Juventus in 2022 as a free agent.

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Injuries plagued his time in Turin, and similar to that at United, he failed to really get going. In August 2023, a failed drug test after a game against Udinese saw the midfielder receive a four-year footballing ban, which means that he will be unable to grace a football pitch until August 2027.

The player adamantly denies these allegations and is set to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

At the end of the ban, Pogba will be in his mid-30s and in the twilight of his career. However, it looks like he is already putting contingency plans in place for life after football as he has been spotted filming in Paris.

According to various reports, United’s former No. 6 has a role in the French film titled ‘4 Zéros’ in which he is a youth team football coach.

Many who saw the Frenchman in action said, “He amazed everyone with his naturalness and simplicity. 

“He visibly appreciated the experience and said he was ready, why not, to reproduce it further.”

All the cameras tended to be fixated on Pogba when he was on the pitch, and he certainly has the charisma and confidence to be as much of a star on the silver screen as he was with a football at his feet.

It will be interesting to see his management style and whether or not his previous bosses have influenced him. Will he try to be best friends with his players like Ole, or is the cold shoulder of Mourinho more his style?

If Pogba is successful in his transition from football star to film it will be another colourful chapter in an engrossing career and will be something that many fans will be eager to follow.

Somebody check how Graeme Souness is doing.