Paul Pogba’s strange dispute with Liverpool legend, Graeme Souness will make him wonder if he is the only player on the planet, Dimitar Berbatov has said.
Berbatov believes the fact that Souness constantly criticises the Frenchman makes it completely normal for the midfielder to snap.
According to him, even if it is good criticism, the time will come when the player will begin to see it as a personal attack since he is not the only one playing football and making mistakes.
He added that he personally tries to not be too judgmental when he does his job as a pundit because he has played before and he knoes how much dedication goes into playing the game.
His words, “With Souness and Pogba, I find it all a little strange, but when someone constantly criticises you, of course you are going to snap.
“Even if it is good criticism, if it is constantly aimed at you and it doesn’t matter what you are doing, at some point you are going to be like: ‘Wait a minute, am I the only player on the f*cking planet here?’ It doesn’t matter who the other person is, you are going to say something back and defend yourself, like what Pogba is doing, it’s normal.
“There were lots of things that used to pss me off when I played, if I had a bad game or I didn’t score I would look in the newspaper and there would be someone saying sht things about me. You read comments, you hear people talking about you and then, when you have a good game and score a couple of goals, it’s a ‘coincidence’ or it was ‘against a weak opposition’ and stuff like this.
“Of course that gets you thinking, for some people no matter what you do, it is never enough. You try to not pay attention to these things, but it is impossible to do, especially nowadays with social media, you are surrounded with opinions. It was the same for me and my colleagues, there was always someone that didn’t like us.
“I have also experienced being a pundit. I liked doing it and maybe I will do it again. I always try not to be too judgmental because I have been there and I know how it is, of course I can easily rip into some players and say this, this and this so that it makes for better TV viewings, but I know how difficult it is at times. I
“It might not look like a player is putting that much effort in but people don’t see behind the scenes, so I try to be a voice of reason, even when some players probably do deserve a bit more criticism. I know that every self-respecting footballer, who wants to grow and develop, will know straight away if they don’t play well and they don’t need anyone to tell them.”