Meet Florentin and Mathias: Paul Pogba’s less successful brothers

The €120m Manchester United man is the younger brother of twins.

Paul Pogba and his brothers Mathias and Florentin Pogba.
Mathias, Paul and Florentina Pogba (Left to right)

Football has always been a family affair whether it was the Charlton brothers for England in the 1960s or the de Boers of Ajax in the 1990s.

But while there are plenty of modern examples of two brothers reaching the top of the game – Romelu and Jordan Lukaku both played for Belgium at Euro 2016 – there are even more examples where one sibling has outstripped the other.

Tobias Schweinsteiger was forever in the shadow of his brother Bastian at Bayern Munich, where he was consigned to the role of striker for the Bavarian’s reserve team.

Federico Higuain may have earned rave reviews with the Colorado Rapids in MLS, but he’s still some way off matching Gonzalo.

Then there is Kaka and his younger brother Digao, a player who spent six years with his brother at AC Milan yet made just one Serie A appearance.

It’s the same for Manchester United imminent signing Paul Pogba.

The younger brother of fellow footballers and twin brothers Florentin and Mathias, while Paul has been a fixture on the back pages for much of the past month, his siblings have kept a much lower profile.

Not that they are complete failure by any means – these guys are no Max Vieris or Paul Terrys.

In fact, Florentin Pogba has just enjoyed a breakthrough season with St Etienne in Ligue 1, making 24 appearances in a solid term.

A defender by trade, the 25-year-old was previously linked with a move to Aston Villa and could yet enjoy a career at the top level in much the same way Paolo Cannavaro did despite forever living in the shadow of brother Fabio.

It’s a slightly sadder story for Mathias Pogba, though.

Having started his career on the books of La Liga side Celta Vigo, alongside Florentin, the 6f 4in striker has endured a nomadic journey through the lower reaches of the game.

Beginning with a stint at French fourth-tier outfit Quimper, Mathias moved on to conference national side Wrexham.

A return of 15 league goals in 68 games was enough to earn him a move to Crewe Alexandra where he impressed once again with 17 goals in 56 games.

Keen to take his career to the next level, despite Crewe’s eagerness to sign him to a new long-term deal, he moved on to Pescara in Italy’s Serie B, where he could be closer to his brother Paul.

But it proved to be a nightmare move for Mathias. In six months he made just four appearances, mostly as a substitute, without scoring a goal.

Communication proved a problem with Pogba rarely speaking to manager Marco Baroni during a difficult period of his life that culminated in his release from the club.

A short spell with Crawley Town followed but after just two goals in 17 games he moved on to Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership.

He’s hardly torn it up in the Scottish top-flight either – a league where John Hartson and Chris Sutton are spoken in the kind of reverential terms Premier League fans usually reserve for Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer.

Two goals in 25 games represents a poor return but, at 25, time is still on his side to turn things around. Just don’t expect either one of them to command a €120m transfer fee. In truth, they would be lucky to command a fee of €120k.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.

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