Imagine you are a 16 year old black boy growing up in France. Your parents were originally from Guinea but you were born here. The year is 2009. You are a talented footballer playing for Le Havre’s youth team. You are so highly rated that scouts come from overseas, far and wide to watch you play. You are an exciting prospect, a promising youngster. You are even playing in the national team youth ranks. You scored a goal for the Under 16s this year. In fact, you captained the team. You dream of playing for one of the biggest clubs and becoming the best player in the world.
Manchester United approach you and your parents with large sums of money and an offer to join them. They are one of the biggest clubs in the world. They won their third UEFA Champions League title the previous year. They are multiple times league champions. The offer is very tempting and ultimately irresistible. You have a contract at Le Harve but you won’t mind breaking it to join United. It is a big, world famous club after all. It has produced world class players before. They have just sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid for a world record fee. Maybe you will one day be bought for such a record breaking amount. Not now though. You move to Manchester and join their youth academy.
You can not wait to join the first team. You play your heart out train hard. Every one is impressed by your skills. A year later you are promoted to the reserve team and then the first team the following year. You score several goals for both club and country. You help the team win the FA Youth Cup but that is as far as it goes. You are hungry for more but you are fielded mostly in reserve team games and just a handful of low key first team games. Like a trip to Stoke City or as a substitute against West Bromwich Albion. You crave for more games, bigger games.
Juventus come along with the promise of more play time. It’s not as big a club as United but you don’t care anymore. You just care about getting a chance to play football week in week out. Moreover, they haven’t offered you a new contract so you sign for the Old Lady of Turin and leave.
Flash forward 4 years later and you are the talk of town. You are on everyone’s lips. As you head to Euro 2016, all eyes are on you. You are the poster boy of the tournament on home soil. Since you left United, your star has risen steadily. You have won the Italian league four consecutive times. You have won the Under 20 World Cup. You have scored many goals from your midfield position. You reached the final of the Champions League last year. You are in domestic, European and World teams of the year. Zinedine Zidane wants you at European champions Madrid. Everybody wants you in his team.
Then guess who? United approach you again. You guessed it right, with ridiculously large sums of money. They don’t even play in the Champions League regularly now but you are now assured of playing regularly. They last won the league the year after you left but they now have one of the best coaches, Jose Mourinho. They now want to sign you back for a world record fee. You are going to earn much more than you currently earn. Your contract at Juve is running out. You are now a 23 year old house hold name.
The 105 million euro (Ksh 11.7 billion) question is, what would you do? You can’t resist the offer. It’s 2016 and you are going to be the most expensive footballer ever. You sign for Man United again to play at Old Trafford. Your dream of becoming the best player in the world is still valid at the Theatre of Dreams. Your name is Paul Labile Pogba and you are back bigger, better, taller, more experienced and with a bang. No, it’s now called a Pogboom!