A few weeks back, some people complained about Paul Pogba being in the No. 11 spot in The Guardian's Top 100 Footballers in 2015 list. That was the elite of the elite, a group in which is reserved for a selection of players that those people felt the 22-year-old midfielder might not have broken into just yet despite his insane amount of talent.
I wonder what they're saying now.
Pogba, in his flashy gold tuxedo jacket, was named to the FIFPro World XI for the first time in his career Monday night in Zurich. In a squad otherwise filled with players from Barcelona and Real Madrid, Pogba was the only representative from the other team that played in the Champions League final back at the beginning of June.
"It's an honour for me to be here and I hope that it won't be the last time. This year the European Championships are in France. Hopefully we'll win them in front of our home support again like in the past."
Here is the rest of the starting XI for the FIFPro squad, as voted on by more than 20,000 professional footballers from around the world.
Here are the stars voted in to make up the FIFA/@FIFPro World XI https://t.co/XA2rmWKNGF pic.twitter.com/ZXC6NsYVVp— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) January 11, 2016
You can squabble about the merits of some of those that joined Pogba. Lord knows there's probably another Juventus player or two — cough cough Leonardo Bonucci cough cough Gianluigi Buffon cough cough — that deserved at least serious consideration to be included in the team above. But, because Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate these things every year, it's no surprise to see eight of the 11 starting spots go to players from Barca/Madrid/La Liga.
But Juventus got their much-deserved representation in Pogba, who will certainly be appearing on this list time and time again if he continues to go on the same career arc that he's currently riding. He will continue to become one of the best and most well-known players in the world, he will continue to dab after goals he and/or his teammates score and he will go on to win more and more awards because he's just that damn good.
And he's a Juventus player first and foremost. That's a pretty nice thing to say.
Oh yeah, this also happened before Pogba left the building. Yes, Andrea Agnelli is the president of Juventus. When you got him dabbing, you know you're doing something right.