Ambitious Pogba wants to be "the strongest midfielder ever" and believes emulating Lampard will help him achieve that objective.
Juventus star Paul Pogba says he would like to become a better version of Frank Lampard.
The French midfielder has been a key member of Juventus recent Scudetto successes and his form has attracted interest from a number of Europe’s elite clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester City.
“I’ve only won four Scudetti,” Pogba told La Repubblica.
“They’re not enough for me. I’ve always been like this, people called me crazy but I want to make history and become the strongest midfielder ever.
And, the player Pogba cites as a role model, is former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard.
“I’d like to surpass [Frank] Lampard. I want to be the midfielder who can do everything, and at the highest levels. Shooting, dribbling, scoring, defending. I want to be like Lampard, but better.
When Pogba left Old Trafford in 2012, he was accused by former United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, of placing financial considerations ahead of his career. It is a charge he denies.
“As for money, I know it comes and goes,” said Pogba. “I’d be lying if I said it makes no difference not having it, but I see it as a consequence of hard work. The stronger you are, the more you make. Ronaldo deserves the pay he gets, it’s not like he steals it.
“As for my future, I want to beat Carpi, then I want the Coppa Italia, and then Euro 2016 in France. After that, I have a contract with Juventus, I can’t just get up one morning and take a plane to England. Ask the people who work in the transfer department.”
Pogba also insists the world’s best players are often mistaken for being selfish.
“If [Lionel] Messi scores, does that make him selfish?” Pogba added.
“No, being strong lets you help the team. Take Cristiano Ronaldo. He sets himself some incredibly high objectives, he’s ambitious, he wants to beat every record, he wants the Ballon d’Or. That’s not selfishness.
“Sometimes I play well, and sometimes I don’t. That’s why I get angry. I hate making mistakes. I made even more mistakes back when I played in the street, and I used to react exactly the same way. Improving, and reducing mistakes – that’s what I call experience.”