Paul Pogba became just the fourth ever Manchester United player to win the World Cup and the first since 1966 to lift the prestigious trophy as France beat Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s final.
The Luhzniki Stadium in Moscow saw an action-packed contest as Pogba scored France’s third to top off another impressive performance for his country this summer.
Didier Deschamps’ side weren’t entirely convincing in the group stages, which led to criticism, but Pogba called out the nation’s critics after the showpiece final took place.
A jubilant Pogba sent his message to critics around the world after full-time: “It’s just unbelievable, magnificent, wonderful, a dream come true.
“People criticise and talk bad about us at the start of the World Cup but today we won, and now I want to hear them, because they’re going to celebrate with us, and it’s fine, we invite them to celebrate with us.
“We like when people do not believe with us and we showed them they have to believe in us. The only answer we can have is always on the pitch, the criticism is always going to be there.”
France’s success was just the country’s second in the history of the World Cup, but plastered over the heartbreak suffered two years ago as they hosted the European Championships and lost to Portugal in the final.
Pogba has had an inspired summer though, and he’ll be hoping to continue his fine form into the 2018-19 season as it could very well be third year lucky in his search to find consistency at United.