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Pogba marks start of Ramadan by making pilgrimage to Mecca

Date Posted,May 28, 2017

Paul Pogba has shunned usual footballers post-season hotspots of Las Vegas or Dubai to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Manchester United superstar Pogba celebrated his side’s Europa League victory by taking the trip to Saudi Arabia.

Pogba, who is a Muslim, decided to attend Umrah – which is a non-mandatory pilgrimage for people who follow Islam.

The midfielder, dressed in white, is expected to adhere to the religious festival of Ramadan – which will see him fast until June 24.

Paul Pogba makes his pilgrimage to Mecca
Paul Pogba pays his respects at the holy site in Mecca

He has previously visited Mecca to perform the Hajj – a journey every adult Muslim is expected to make in their lifetime.

Pogba posted a clip of him at the holy site and images with the captions “most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life” and “happy Ramadan”.

Before travelling he put on his Instagram a video of him leaving his Manchester apartment with a suitcase with the message: “On my way to go say thank you for this season. See you soon Manchester! En route to my prayers.”

Paul Pogba was celebrating winning the Europa League last week (Photo: Man Utd via Getty Images)
Paul Pogba is usually known more for his dancing than praying (Photo: REUTERS)

This time last year Pogba was ready to complete a world record £90m move from Juventus to United.

The Frenchman played 51 times to help the Red Devils lift the Communited Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League – which allowed them to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Pogba still has a couple of weeks left before he starts pre-season – which will see him travel to Norway and the US with his United teammates.

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