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 By Mark Rodden

Juventus' Paul Pogba: Lionel Messi came to give me advice at Ballon d'Or

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he got some advice from Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi at last month's awards ceremony in Zurich.

Barcelona forward Messi, 28, was officially recognised as the world's best player for a record fifth time ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and club teammate Neymar.

Pogba, 22, finished 15th in the voting for the top prize and was also included in FIFA's team of the year for 2015.

The France international told Telefoot that he appreciated how Messi had sought him out in order to congratulate him.

"He really touched me because he came to me himself," Pobga said. "I'm the youngest and, out of respect, it should have been me that went to him, but he saw me and he came over.

"We talked and he's really a good guy. He gave me some advice... that's all."

Paul Pogba met Lionel Messi at the Ballon d'Or ceremony last month.

Pogba has already been the subject of an €80 million bid from Barcelona, although his agent Mino Raiola said that the reigning European champions are not favourites to sign his client this summer.

Whether he stays at Juventus or not, Pogba is hoping that he can follow in Messi's footsteps by one day winning the Ballon d'Or.

"I didn't think I'd get there so soon but it's what I wanted," he said of being named in the team of the year.

"It's a motivation for me. I'm not going to get a big head. I've done nothing in football.

"I haven't won the Champions League -- I've won the Scudetto but I'm nothing for the moment.

"I still have to develop, to learn. I'm going to try and do things that few in the world have done ... try to win the Champions League, try to win the Euros.

"I don't like resting on my laurels... I always want more."

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