Paul Pogba reveals reasons he took Islamic religion serious

Paul Pogba reveals reasons he took Islamic religion serious

- Paul Pogba has revealed the reasons why he is taking his religion serious

- The Man United star was 'questioning' himself and decided to join friends in prayer

- Pogba recently made a pilgrimage to Mecca during the holy month of Ramadan

Paul Pogba has revealed that he was 'questioning himself over a lot of things' before taking Islamic faith serious and becoming 'more peaceful inside'.

The France international, who was not raised as a Muslim despite his mother practicing Islam, made a pilgrimage to Mecca during the holy month of Ramadan.

Pogba decided to research the religion and follow a number of his friends by turning to the faith and the Man United midfielder credits the decision with helping to make him a better person.

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When asked about 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."

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After a disappointing season in the Premier League, Pogba along with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma made the pilgrimage to Mecca last month.

Pogba who does not drink and now has a baby with girlfriend Maria Salaues, was asked why he decided to become a Muslim in his twenties, : "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.

"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."

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Real Madrid will not buy Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen this summer unless they can raise around £135million in the transfer market.

The Spanish giants will unveil Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic will be presented to supporters while Lyon full-back Ferland Mendy should also complete his move to the Santiago Bernabeu. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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