Paul Pogba has revealed that he was ‘questioning myself over a lot of things’ before turning to Islam and becoming ‘more peaceful inside’.

The Manchester United star, who last month made a pilgrimage to Mecca during the holy month of Ramadan, wasn’t raised as a Muslim, despite his mother practising Islam.

But after going through a difficult period, Pogba decided to research the religion and follow a number of his friends by turning to the faith.

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Paul Pogba (centre) recently went on the pilgrimage to Mecca with Kurt Zouma
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Pogba speaking to The Times’ new Life Times podcast about Islam and his own faith

The midfielder, who remains a transfer target for Real Madrid this summer, credits the decision with helping to make him a better person.

Asked what being a Muslim meant to him, during an interview for The Times’ new Life Times podcast, Pogba said: ‘It’s everything. That’s what makes me thankful for everything.

‘It made me change, realise things in life. I guess, maybe, it makes me more peaceful inside. 

‘It was a good change in my life because I wasn’t born a Muslim, even if my mum was. I just grew up like that, respect for everyone. 


‘Islam is not the image that everyone sees – terrorism… What we hear in the media is really something else. (Islam is) something beautiful. 

‘You get to know it. Anybody can find that he feels connected with Islam.’

After completing a disappointing season with United, Pogba – along with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma – made the pilgrimage to Mecca last month.

Once a year, more than two million Muslims make the journey, known as Hajj, to stand before the holy building of the Kaaba in the Saudi Arabian city and praise Allah.

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Pogba poses with Chelsea defender Zouma and a group of friends during their pilgrimage

Pogba’s most recent visit to Mecca was not his first, but it remains a far cry from the lively visits to Los Angeles he enjoyed with Romelu Lukaku in both 2016 and 2017. Lukaku was arrested and given a ‘misdemeanour citation’ following a string of noise complaints as he hosted a party in their rented Beverly Hills mansion.

Asked why he decided to become a Muslim in his twenties, Pogba, who doesn’t drink and now has a baby with girlfriend Maria Salaues, said: ‘It came because I have a lot of friends who are Muslim. We always talk.

‘I was questioning myself in a lot of things, then I started doing my own research. I prayed once with my friends and I felt something different. I felt really good. 

‘Since that day I just carried on. You have to pray five times a day, that’s one of the pillars of Islam. It’s something that you do. 

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Pogba enjoyed holidays to Los Angeles with Romelu Lukaku in the summers of 2016 and 2017

‘The meaning why you do it – you ask forgiveness and be thankful for everything you have, like my health and everything. 

It’s really a religion that opened my mind and that makes me, maybe, a better person. You think more about the afterlife. 

‘This life has a test. Like when I’m with you, here. Even if you’re not a Muslim, you are a normal human. You have a human relationship and respect you for who you are, what religion you are, what colour and everything.

‘Islam is just this – respect of the humanity and everything.’

Credits: Daily Mail

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