That’s according to Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
Les Blues beat Croatia 4-2 to triumph in Moscow, with both Griezmann and Pogba getting their names on the scoresheet.
But the former revealed it was the latter’s inspirational team talks which took him by surprise.
“Paul has really moved up a notch in the dressing room. He had the right words, which has pushed us,” Griezmann told L’Equipe.
“The impact of the World Cup is global”
“Hugo [Lloris], Raph [Varane] and Blaise [Matuidi], we knew that they were there, but Paul, yes, we became more surprised and the way he spoke, it did us good.
The La Liga star admitted he is more used to a comedic approach from Pogba, and couldn’t look at him during his rallying calls.
“Every time he speaks, I want to laugh. Paul is so used to the funny, which is why it surprises me.
“It is for this reason that when he speaks, Paul never looked at me. He knows that I would have a small smile, due to which he can laugh at any time.”
Pogba played all of his nation’s competitive fixtures in Russia, only sitting out the dead rubber final group game against Denmark.
And he says his life has changed since July’s success.
“We get recognised more”, Pogba told RMC. “The impact of the World Cup is global.
“People’s way of looking at us has changed. If you want to walk around with your shirt off, you can’t do it anymore anywhere in the world.
“Even if you don’t want to, you have to be an example. You will always have that image of a footballer who won the World Cup.
“It’s a human being, we’re still human beings. People have to think about that. We are world champions, yes, but we are also human beings.”
On his return to the club, United boss Jose Mourinho handed the Frenchman the armband in the absence of regular captain Antonio Valencia.
But his leadership skills came in for criticism from Graeme Souness.
He said on Sky Sports: “Perhaps we’re now seeing the selfish player Fergie didn’t fancy first time round?
“Pogba has rejected the olive branch of the captaincy. “If you’re not happy, you can’t give your best,” he said, after the opening win over Leicester. ‘There are things I cannot say, otherwise I’ll get fined.’”
France return to action when they travel to Germany in the UEFA Nations League tomorrow.
They then take on the Netherlands at home in the same competition.