The Manchester United midfielder was among the 30 players shortlisted for the prestigious award on Monday, along with six of his compatriots, but Pogba believes he shouldn’t be regarded as one of the favourites.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made the list, as did Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid pair Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema.
Asked who he would like to see claim the award at December’s ceremony in Paris, Pogba replied: “Whether it’s Grizou [Griezmann], Kylian [Mbappe] or Raph [Varane], they deserve it much more than me.
“I cannot designate one. But I hope with all my heart that this is one of the three… that’s all I hope for anyway, because there are many who deserve it. I do not put myself in.”
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that Pogba has taken a “fresh swipe” at Jose Mourinho over the Manchester United captaincy furore.
Currently with the France squad preparing to play Iceland tomorrow evening, Pogba addressed the possibility of one day leading his country.
“I’ve never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me,” he said, in what the Mirror views as a veiled dig at the Special One.
“You don’t have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband. As a leader you can talk on the pitch, but I’ve seen leaders who didn’t necessarily talk.”
Pogba added that he was of an age where he could act as a go-between for France coach Didier Deschamps in a squad containing young and old players.
“With my age, 25 years old, I’m between the two sets of players, the oldest and the youngest,” he explained. “That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard.”
Home National Teams Efe Ambrose: There is still room for improvement
Hiberbian defender Efe Ambrose has congratulated his side after their 6-0 win over Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Premier League.
Efe Ambrose marshalled the back line of Hibernian as they annihilated the visitors on Saturday.
But the defender remained realistic after the final whistle, saying his side did well, but can still improve.
“The goal was to achieve victory,” he told Footballlive.ng. “We are pleased with the win, and I’m personally delighted with the clean sheet.
“We remained faithful to our principles, and tried to play good football, but I think we could have done them so more damage in the second half.