'Class act' Pogba praised for heartwarming post-game gesture

France beat Belgium 1-0 in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Russia, advancing to their first World Cup Final since 2006.

But it wasn’t his teammates that French midfielder Paul Pogba was eager to dedicate the win to. It was the youth soccer team in Thailand that was rescued from a flooded cave in the country’s north.

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“This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong,” Pogba tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

Pogba’s tweet quickly went viral, with overall 25,000 retweets.

Many Twitter fans echoed Pogba’s sentiments and praised the midfielder for taking a moment to think of the rescued boys.






The 12 boys on the “Wild Boars” team and their coach were trapped in a cave for more than two weeks, and were all successfully rescued on Tuesday.

They were exploring a cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai on June 23 when a downpour flooded the tunnels and blocked them in.

The boys, between ages 11 and 16, and their 26-year-old coach were rescued in stages over the last several days, with the final four boys and the coach brought out on Tuesday.

Pogba and France will advance to the World Cup Final, where they’ll take on the winner of Croatia and England — for a chance to bring home the nation’s second World Cup championship.

It wasn’t the only message of support the Wild Boars received from the football world after their stunning escape from the Thai cave, with Manchester United even invited the young boys to the club for the upcoming football season.


Ryan Young – Yahoo Sports