French midfielder Paul Pogba has reportedly tested positive for doping. The player has been suffering from injuries since his return to Italy and has missed a lot of game time.
According to Italian media outlet Corriere della Sera, testosterone traces were found in the test. It came after Juventus faced Udinese. Although Pogba wasn’t a part of the match.
Fans are mocking Pogba for the doping allegations. Many feel that his career’s downfall is the reason why he chose to do this. A few fans even took to social media to take aim at the 30-year-old midfielder. One fan said, “His career has gone downhill since he joined United.” While another fan wrote, “Yeah his career is over. What a fell-off.” And a third fan took a dig at the star by saying, “Ever since he left Manchester United his career was just going down.”
The former Manchester United star has endured a difficult second stint at the Serie A club so far. The player left the Old Trafford and joined the Old Lady last year while he was battling with injuries and fitness scares.
Reports are claiming he is set to be suspended after traces of testosterone were found in his system early in the campaign. Pogba has played just 32 minutes of action this season. And he is currently at risk of losing the rest of the season due to this doping. It is to be seen what happens next in this case.
Paul Pogba considered retirement following alleged extortion: Report
World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba has opened up about how he considered retiring from soccer after facing an alleged armed extortion attempt that also involved his brother. Last year it was reported that Pogba was the target of an extortion plot by his brother Mathias and childhood friends. They demanded $13.9million from him.
Talking about the incident in an interview, Pogba shed light on how the case made him think of quitting soccer for once. He said, “Money changes people. It can break up a family. It can create a war. Sometimes I was just by myself thinking that I didn’t want to have money anymore. I just don’t want to play anymore. I just want to be with normal people. So that they will love me for me, not for the fame, not for the money. Sometimes it’s tough.”
Pogba has been facing a long list of injuries ever since he moved to Juventus for the second time in his career. This has severely reduced his game time, and as a result, many critics have said the player is over. However, in this interview, Pogba also talked about critics, their criticism, and how he plans to send them a reply.
🚨BREAKING Expect Paul Pogba to retire from football if he is proven to be positive for testosterone following their game against Udinese on August 20th. ⚫️ #Juve
Pogba statement this afternoon: ⤵️🇫🇷
“I thought about retiring, but now I want to make the critics think again.” pic.twitter.com/zjn6orSBv9
— Topskills Sports UK (@topskillsportuk) September 11, 2023
The French midfielder said, “I want to make them eat their words. I want to show them I’m not weak. They can talk bad about me. I will never give up. Football is very beautiful, but is cruel. People can forget you in one day.”
“You can do something great, but the next day you are nobody. People are waiting for you, saying: ‘He’s done, his career is finished.’ You get these comments after scoring goals, and winning the World Cup. People forget it. So you have to prove all the time,” he added.
The 30-year-old midfielder then concluded by saying that one has to accept it. But according to him, no one can be criticized the way he was. He mentioned that because of all this negativity, many players lost their will to continue the sport.
Although many fans believed that the player might be recovering from his injuries and on his way back to regular game time, but now he has landed himself in trouble again after being caught doping.
The Itlay Anti-Doping Tribunal has provisionally suspended the star after test results came up that showed traces of testosterone in his system. Now, it is to be seen what steps are taken against the former Manchester United star and how long he stays out of the game this time.