Paul Pogba believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard, Neymar and Luis Suárez are the most likely candidates to break the dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on football’s top individual prizes.
“Even if they are as good as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, the style, the way they play, the way they act off the pitch, it’s more than football now, I would say.
“When you have someone who can go above them, into that level on the pitch and outside the pitch that’s when it will happen. I don’t know when though because they’re still at the highest level.
“This is football, I love seeing them play, I love seeing them score goals, they make me love football even more. When I see them, it makes me improve even more. It makes me want to try to catch them.”
Ibrahimovic, Hazard, Neymar and Suárez were all put forward as challengers by Po
He said: “Of course, there are other players who can do that. We have Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] at Manchester United. Even he could do it. He’s 35 years old, but the way he’s playing, the way he’s scoring goals, you can see that he’s been in the top level for more than 10 years
“[Eden] Hazard, Neymar, [Luis] Suárez are doing so well and scoring goals, these are great players who – if they keep scoring – can do that. They need to keep scoring though, because that’s the case with Cristiano and Messi, whose performances are always on top.”