According to FIFA, as well as scoring a crucial headed goal against Nigeria in the Round of 16, the energetic Frenchman was an influential figure throughout Les Bleus’ Brazil 2014 venture. Alongside Yohann Cabaye and Blaise Matuidi, he consistently demonstrated his power and ball-winning skills, as well as his excellent technique, dribbling ability and great footballing brain.
With an 80% pass completion rate – including an assist against Switzerland – in 354 minutes of play, Pogba has continued where he left off at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, where his displays won him the Golden Ball award. The young midfield dynamo finishes ahead of Dutchman Memphis Depay and compatriot Raphael Varane (placed in alphabetical order).
The criteria used, apart from the fact that players had to be born on or after 1 January 1993, were as follows:
• Exceptional level of skill • Refreshing and youthful style of play • Creativity and inspiration • Tactical maturity and effectiveness • Fan recognition via impressive performances • Role model for young footballers • Positive attitude and advocate for fair-play
First awarded in 2006, the Hyundai Young Player Award is one of the official FIFA awards and is selected by the Technical Study Group, a FIFA-appointed group of top football coaches, former players and analysts. Those past two awards were coincidentally both handed out to German players (Lukas Podolski in 2006 and Thomas Muller in 2010).
Fans further enjoyed it by participating in the ‘Hyundai Young Player Predictor,’ on FIFA.com website, and 30 lucky winners among those who chose Paul Pogba, will receive special prizes.
Since Hyundai Motor signed the agreement in 1999 to sponsor FIFA competitions including the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, the company has successfully served as the official partner of 2002, 2006, 2010 FIFA World Cups™ as well as many other FIFA tournaments. In 2010, the company extended its strategic sponsorship agreement with FIFA to cover the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™. Through its successful sponsorship of international football, Hyundai Motor has significantly boosted brand awareness and brand image.
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