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Paul Pogba, world's most expensive footballer, visits Mecca

Paul Pogba in Mecca Image copyright Instagram/Paul Pogba
Image caption Paul Pogba is already believed to have performed the Hajj

The world's most expensive footballer is on a pilgrimage to Islam's holiest city as he marks the start of Ramadan.

French international Paul Pogba shared a picture of himself in Mecca on Sunday, captioning it the "most beautiful thing I've seen in my life".

He also sent a tweet wishing everyone a "happy Ramadan".

The 24-year-old became the most expensive footballer in history last summer, after Manchester United paid Juventus a reported £89m ($114m) fee.

On Wednesday, he lifted the Europa League cup after Manchester United beat Ajax in the final in Stockholm.

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Image caption Pogba broke the world record for the most expensive transfer fee last summer

Following the end of the season, he shared a short video of himself with a suitcase, saying he was "en route" for his prayers. He is attending Umrah, a non-mandatory Muslim pilgrimage.

Pogba is reported to have visited Mecca at least once before, when he performed the Hajj, a journey every healthy adult Muslim who can afford it is supposed to make at least once in their lives.

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