Paul Pogba gave a stirring team talk to his France teammates before the World Cup last-16 game against Argentina.
France won a thrilling game 4-3, coming back from 2-1 down to defeat the Argentines.
Pre-match, just after Didier Deschamps had addressed his players, Pogba stepped up to have a word.
The moment was revealed in a documentary titled 'The Blues 2018: At The Heart Of Their Russian Epic' aired by French broadcaster TF1.
The Manchester United midfielder was one of his side's best players at the World Cup, evening drawing praise from long-time detractors such as Graeme Souness. He played in all but one of France's seven games at the tournament.
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"The details boys. Fellas! We want warriors on the pitch today," said Pogba before adding that it did not matter who was on the pitch for Argentina, not even Lionel Messi.
I don't want to go home tonight. Me, this evening, I'm not going home. Tomorrow, we're staying at the hotel.
We're going to eat that fucking sauteed pasta again. I don't give a shit, we're not going home. We're going to finish happy. I want us to have a party tonight.
I want everyone. Today, we run ourselves to death out on the pitch. No one lets anyone else down. No one drops off. On the pitch, we're all together. Good guys and warriors. Soldiers. We're going to kill them today, these Argentines. Messi or no Messi, we don't give a shit.
We're coming to win the fucking World Cup. We have to get through this to do that. Come on boys!
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