Juventus' acquisition of Paul Pogba was akin to highway robbery.
Unsatisfied with his first-team opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, the French wunderkind—then 19—signed a Bosman deal with Juventus.
In case you're wondering what the Red Devils missed out on, watch the video attached to this slide.
Those two rocket goals against Udinese in January weren't the only long-range shots Pogba buried last year. He scored five times last year, mostly off the bench and in spot duty when one of Juve's superb starting midfielders needed a rest.
After scoring four goals and notching as many assists in all competitions this season—along with 3.4 tackles per game in league play—it's impossible not to use the term "Juve's superb midfield" without mentioning his name.
He has played so well this season that he's pulled a Wally Pipp on no less a player than Claudio Marchisio. He came on in the Supercoppa after Marchisio was injured and put in a sublime performance, scoring the game's first goal and spurring the team to a 4-0 win.
Il principino and Il polpo Paul will now be playing in the same midfield for at least a month after Andrea Pirlo sprained his knee last week. That arrangement—along with Arturo Vidal—is likely to be Juve's central midfield in seasons to come. Opponents will have to pick their poison as to which of the three they want to beat them.
Pogba's skill set is comparable to Vidal's in most respects. He is a good passer, splendid dribbler, tenacious in the tackle and is more than capable of scoring from the midfield—particularly with that cannon shot of his. Vidal is widely regarded as Serie A's best midfielder, and Pogba could develop to match or even exceed his teammate's abilities.
Pogba is already one of the best midfielders in Serie A. Barring serious injury, he could be seriously putting his name in as a candidate for the best player in the world by the time he's 25.
All for absolutely zero transfer fee.