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August 10, 2016

Manchester United signs Pogba, now costliest player in history

Manchester United signs Pogba, now costliest player in history

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Yesterday, English football club Manchester United F.C. announced signing Frenchman Paul Pogba from Italian club Juventus F.C. Pogba rejoined The Red Devils on a five-year contract for €105 million making him the most expensive footballer of all time by breaking the previous fee record of Gareth Bale‘s transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Spanish capital club Real Madrid.

File photo of Paul Pogba, 2012.
Image: Станислав Ведмидь.

23-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba made his professional debut for United in 2011 after graduating from their academy. He played only seven games before leaving for Juventus the next year. Spending four years with the Old Lady, Pogba has won four Serie A titles, three Italian Super Cups, and two Coppa Italia trophies as well.

Pogba has played 38 games for the French side, netting six goals. Last month he collected a silver medal with the national team finishing runners-up at the UEFA Euro 2016, losing 1–0 to Portugal. This year, Pogba was named in the FIFA FIFPro team of the year as well as the UEFA team of the year.

After signing the five-year contract, Paul Pogba said, “I am delighted to rejoin United. It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am looking forward to working with [United manager] José Mourinho.” Mourinho praised Pogba and said Pogba “will be a key part of the United team”.

Pogba has been allotted the number 6 jersey. Previously, Manchester United signed Zlatan Ibrahimović, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Eric Bailly.



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June 10, 2016

Totti signs one-year contract extension with Roma

Totti signs one-year contract extension with Roma

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On Tuesday, Francesco Totti signed a one-year contract extension to remain the captain of Italian football club AS Roma. A one-club man, Totti has played 24 seasons in Serie A with the club.

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Image: Дмитрий Голубович.

Cquote1.svg I really wanted this contract, it represents the realisation of my dream, I always wanted to end my career having only worn one shirt – the Roma one Cquote2.svg

—Francesco Totti

Totti joined Roma’s youth team in 1989 when he was 12 years old and made his Serie A debut aged 16 in March 1993 against Brescia Calcio. In the following year, he scored his first goal, against Foggia Calcio. To date, Totti has made 731 appearances and scored 304 goals – these are the club’s all-time records.

Totti has played 601 matches in Serie A and he is the third most-capped player in the league’s history. The record is held by Paolo Maldini who played 647 matches for A.C. Milan, a total that Totti cannot reach with this one-year extension.

In 1998, Totti became the youngest captain in the history of the league. Since then, Totti has won one Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana each on two occasions, and the FIFA World Cup in 2006. He was also awarded the European Golden Boot in 2007.

After the signing, Totti said, “I really wanted this contract, it represents the realisation of my dream, I always wanted to end my career having only worn one shirt – the Roma one”((it)).

Club president Jim Pallotta said “It’s quite fitting that on the anniversary of the day AS Roma was founded, Francesco Totti has signed a new playing contract […] He’s earnt this contract and now we want Francesco’s final season on the pitch to be the start of a new era of success for AS Roma.”((it))



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