Man City left-back Benjamin Mendy has shown off a ‘World Champions’ ring that Manchester United star Paul Pogba gave him.
Mendy and Pogba are international teammates and both played a part in France’s second World Cup triumph in 2018.
While Pogba was a crucial part of the French team and was only not in the starting XI for the final game of the group stage when qualification was already assured, Mendy played much less of a role.
The 25-year-old had only just returned from a season-long injury but managed to prove his fitness in time to make the squad, though he played just 40 minutes and it came in that final group game against Denmark.
Regardless, Pogba had promised that he was going to do something for the entire squad should France return victorious from Russia and he certainly delivered.
“I forgot about this gift from Paul Pogba,” Mendy explained to OTRO.
“The Rings of Champions. He gave one to each player and said before the World Cup: ‘if we win I will do something for you guys.’
Les Bleus defeated Croatia in the final 4-2, with Pogba on the score sheet, so the United midfielder bought every member of the 23-man squad a personalised ring to mark the occasion.
“He put each name – like ‘Mendy’ – 22, some diamonds, the two stars, ‘world’ and ‘champions’ and here you have all the scores from the group stage.’
Mendy also showed off the rest of his trophy collection which contains medals from City’s several cup wins, a mini replica Premier League trophy and a World Cup trophy replica.
“The World Cup, it’s not the real one but it’s the closest to the real one, only players have this one. It’s crazy, but it was like a dream,” he added.