Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the football firmament in the last decade and the pair share three and five FIFA Ballon d’Or awards between them respectively.

However, former Italy and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo is backing his former team-mate Paul Pogba to upsurge the Real Madrid and Barcelona enigmatic forwards.

Pogba is now world’s most expensive footballer after the 23-year-old French midfielder completed a £90m move to Manchester United this summer.

“You would be buying a player who is the best in his position in the world, a player that can be the best in his position for the next 10 years,” Pirlo, who now plays for New York FC in the MLS said.

“He is the best young player I have ever seen, and I don’t think we are far away from calling him the best player in the world. It has been between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for many years now, but football should get ready for a new king.

“I think Pogba will make Manchester United a real force again. One player of that quality can change things. They will lift the players, the fans. You give any team Pogba and Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] in one window and they are going to capable of special things.

“Of course I would like him to stay with a Juventus, but there is always a fee where a club cannot say no. It was my prediction that a world record fee would be needed to buy him, and that looks like it will be the case.

“He will not even think about the fee, he is only concentrating on being the best player he can be. He is not just a great player but also a great professional, and that is the dream for any coach.”

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