The world ’ s most expensive footballer Paul Pogba says the four terror attacks that have killed dozens and left scores injured in England this year have nothing to do with religion.
The 24- year -old Manchester United star — who is Muslim and went on a pilgrimage to Islam ’ s holiest site in Mecca after the end of the season — told the latest issue of Esquire magazine people must not give in to terror.
The French international — who also lost his father Fassou in May — was inspirational in the Europa League final that took place two days after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the end of a pop concert at the Manchester Arena .
United beat Ajax 2- 0 with Pogba, who scored the second , dedicating the victory to the 22 victims and the scores who were injured .
“ It ’ s a very difficult moment but you cannot give up. We can’ t let them get in our heads — we have to fight for it, ” he said .
“ Sad things happen in life but you cannot stop living . You cannot kill a human being . To kill a human being — it’ s something crazy , so I don’ t want to put religion on it.
“ This is not Islam and everybody knows that. I won ’ t be the only one saying that. ”
Pogba, who also won the League Cup in his first season back at United, said he drew his sense of fun from his father , who died aged 79.
“ When you lose someone you love, you don’ t think the same way, ” he said .
“ That ’ s why I say I enjoy life , because it goes very fast.
“ I remember when I was talking to my dad and now he’ s not here .
“ He was a very strong man , very stubborn as well. He fought , but at his age it’ s not easy.
“ Every time you had time with him you were laughing. Very clever as well, because he was a professor . You have to remember the happy things . ”
On the footballing side Pogba said that criticism of his performances in not living up to the weight of being the most expensive player in the sport was water off a duck ’ s back .
“ After one week, I forgot, ” said Pogba, who United paid £89. 3 million ( $114 million) in August 2016 from Italian club Juventus.
“ It ’ s people that reminded me .
“ Because , at the end of the day , when you die, the most expensive and the less expensive, they go in the same grave. So I don’ t even think about it. ”
Pogba, who also dismissed the sniping at the overall performances of Jose Mourinho’ s side saying they may not always have played well but they still won three trophies , admitted his first spell at United aged just 16 he hadn ’ t been able to settle due to not understanding then manager Alex Ferguson .
“ No ! No , I couldn ’ t . At first , I couldn’ t , ” he said referring to the Scot ’ s accent .
“ I couldn ’ t even understand my teammates with their Mancunian accents .
“ My friends right now , they laugh at me . They say , ‘ Oh , I remember the first days you couldn’ t speak and now — you speak Mancunian with the accent !’ So it’ s funny. ”