Juventus director Beppe Marotta is confident Paul Pogba “will win the Ballon d’Or one day and I hope we can achieve great things together.”
The 20-year-old was given the Golden Boy 2013 award by Tuttosport newspaper as the most promising young player of the year.
“I am proud that Pogba is part of Juventus. This was a marriage in which we chose each other,” declared Marotta at the presentation.
“Now we cannot just say he is a promising star, for he is already an authentic champion. Courage is one of his best characteristics, despite his young age, while I also want to point out his intelligence and hard work.
“In future he will certainly be able to win the Ballon d’Or and I hope we can achieve great things together.”
Pogba also spoke at the event and revealed initial difficulties settling in at Juventus.
“Football is my life and it is all still like an incredible dream for me. Of course I’d love to win the Ballon d’Or, but there’s a long of work to go before I can achieve that objective.
“I thank my family and friends, who were with me when times were tough. I also thank Juventus, Manchester United and all my Coaches.
“It wasn’t easy when I arrived here, but I have so much still to learn from a champion like Andrea Pirlo. Tactically and technically, I want to follow in his footsteps. Who would I give the Italian Ballon d’Or to? Pirlo, certainly.
“Carlos Tevez is a great guy who really makes me laugh too.”