He cannot behave like a 30-year-old boy because he is a young man. He is only asked to play like a 22-year-old boy.
Manager Massimiliano Allegri was upset. In their first two games of the new season, the Bianconeri had registered two defeats and a lot of debate, yet they had just reached the final of the European Championship.
The number 10 jersey has been worn by the likes of Roberto Baggio,Michel Platini and Alessandro del Piero. The magic jersey requires one thing. The club president said they wanted to be a phenomena. No pressure at this point.
The Frenchman had helped the Italians to three Serie A titles but the weight of the number 10 jersey made him suffer.
The debates raged and his mentality was called into question. His team-mates called him brilliant, Allegri reminded anyone who would listen that he was just a boy with too much expectation and Agnelli and his executives would come to training with a smile on their faces. They would be there if he wanted a coffee and a conversation.
The number of Bonucci's motivator was given to him by the man who turned the defender into an elite competitor. Bonucci is said to have been locked in a dark basement and told to release his anger by screaming and shouting.
The number of its pressure could be released by adding "+5" to the back of his jersey. He was still a number six, that's why he was reminded. We can't say for certain if it was the jersey or the new status as a superstar, but what we can say is that the club rallied around him.
They are known for being professional and rigid. They rarely entertained with their football. "They just want soldiers, people who only go straight on their tracks, and that's why I refused to go there three times." I have to go to the left sometimes.
Imagine how much they believed in him when they gave him tactical freedom. He was set free by the people around him. You aren't a star because you say so. People make you a famous person. "That's what I've learned from my time at Bianconeri."
A world-record £89m move back to Manchester United was set up by the fact that Paul Pogba produced his very best statistically, technically and tactically that year.
He arrived in England in a big way. The system he was expected to deliver in had little room for his eccentricities. He was criticized for not concentrating solely on football when he didn't deliver. Being labelled is something that Pogba hates.
Sky Italia referred to him as a leader because he was an entertainer and he got the likes of Agnelli and Pavel Nedved to pose with him.
He made people listen in the dressing room. He helped the club become a family who could achieve great things by being happy.
The club needs to be reminded of what unity can do. Hundreds of fans welcomed him to his medical appointment.
The Bianconeri have been left with an unbalanced team andMidfielders that are almost all up for sale. With a young squad and the recent loss of its captain in Giorgio Chiellini, Paul Pogba will need to remind the group what it means to play for the Bianconeri.
He was forgiven for every sin when he was 22 years old. He will be going back to a side that needs him the most. The pressure will be higher, the expectations will be greater, and he won't be surrounded by veterans who offer wise words to allow him his freedom.
It will be his experience, authority and ability to challenge at the highest level that will be coveted and he will need to prove his understanding of the game. The Frenchman represents glory and worldwide appeal for a brand that is struggling to fulfill its expectations after the swine flu epidemic.
He may not be able to provide everything the Bianconeri need, but one thing they will guarantee him is support and affection, and that may be all he wants.